Uwe Rosler rued Latics’ missed chances as he watched his side’s ten-game unbeaten run come to an end with a 1-0 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road on Tuesday evening.
Rosler saw his side spurn multiple opportunities on an evening when R’s stopper Robert Green turned out a fine performance also.
Yossi Benayoun scored the game’s only goal in the first-half and, though he was disappointed to see his side lose for the first time in nearly two months, Rosler was pleased with aspects of Latics’ performance.
“We need to learn to take our chances because we had enough today to win,” Rosler said. “Not just to get a draw, but win and we didn’t do that.
“Nevermind, results went our way and a performance like that is very encouraging for us.
“The goalkeeper was magnificent for them and I would say he was their man of the match – it was difficult to beat him today; our attempts weren’t too bad but he always had a hand on them or leg or any part of his body was always in the way.
“Sometimes you have days like that but when you fight like we did, and you play like we did at QPR, I think our future looks rosy.”
Latics had more efforts on goal during the match with possession evenly split and Rosler says the players’ performance did him proud against a QPR side that were highly regarded as the favourites to win the Sky Bet Championship this season.
“I’m happy with the performance but not happy with the result,” he added. “I’m astonished that we sit in our dressing room after a game like that and a performance like that that we’ve lost three points.
“The majority of the game we were on the front foot; we had more attempts, bigger chances, we played against the favourites to go up this season on their pitch and I think we played very, very well.
“Credit to our players and credit to our supporters and I’m proud of them.”
Rosler made five changes to the side that defeated Watford 2-1 at the DW Stadium on Saturday with Jack Collison and Josh McEachran both starting.
And he was pleased with the application of the midfield pair against an experienced Rangers’ engine room.
“I think Josh [McEachran] and Jack Collison were very good,” he continued.
“Jack had his first 90 minutes and came through it, I thought Rob Kiernan again was top [class].”