Uwe Rosler praised the dominant performance of his players at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening, describing their display as ‘composed and professional’ in securing a comfortable 3-0 win.
He said: “I wanted another good performance just like we got on Saturday against Huddersfield, and I got that from the players.
“The difference was, of course, goals. The game was 50-50 in the first half, but we used one of our opportunities, a counter attacking move, and took the lead, extending that shortly afterwards.
“That paved the way for us and I thought we were very professional from there onwards, scoring a third goal late on but in truth it could have been more than three.
“Defensively, there was perhaps room for improvement after the first half, but we addressed that at the break and in the second 45 minutes we looked more like a unit at the back, and I never really felt threatened as the game went on that we would concede.
“I think the supporters smelt a win here tonight and I’m delighted we could them that because it’s important that we entertain them and make them proud of their club.”
Nicky Maynard’s first goals for the club set Latics on their way to victory in the first half, before the striker’s late effort was followed up by Marc-Antoine Fortune for the final goal of the night. Rosler paid credit to the man on loan from Cardiff City, saying:
“His overall performance was excellent. He took his goals very well but throughout the game he looked sharp and he clearly enjoyed the partnership with Martyn Waghorn playing in the hole just behind.
“He’s a very clever player, reads the defensive line well and was a handful for the back four all night.
“My job as a manager is to get players firing, and when Nicky came to the club we knew it would take a while for him to get up to full speed so it was important to give him the options and try new things with him, and that worked well tonight.”
The win takes Latics to within four points of the play off places with a game in hand ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fifth round tie away to Cardiff, a game Rosler says his players can enjoy:
“Sheffield Wednesday are arguably the in-form team in the league, so to come here, score three goals and look as composed as we did was very pleasing.
“Now we can look forward to Cardiff this weekend and aim to enjoy the game. The pressure is off us for that match, but I’ll field a strong team for the gameand we’ll enjoy the challenge.”