Speaking in his post-match press conference at the DW Stadium, Uwe Rosler said he was well aware of the stern test Blackpool would pose for his side following Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 defeat to Blackpool.
“We analysed Blackpool very well and in recent weeks they have become very organised off the ball.
“We knew it would be difficult to break them down. In the first half, although overall we could have played better I thought it was a decent half.
“We got a penalty which is the best situation you can get in modern football and we also had two or three other good chances and attempts from outside the area.
“Defensively we were good in the first half, Blackpool didn’t have an attempt on goal.”
Both of Blackpool’s goals (from Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie) came in the second half, with Rosler disappointed by the nature of the first goal.
“My message at half time was to continue in the same way because it worked and you could see that if we were to continue working the way we were in the first half then Blackpool wouldn’t have been able to stop us.
“The first goal was decisive because it would always be difficult after that to break Blackpool down.
“We shouldn’t be letting the ball bounce in our own area and that cost us for the opening goal.
“It was a massive moment in the game, it was a gift from us and it gave Blackpool a lot of confidence.”
The defeat leaves Latics in sixth place in the Sky Bet Championship, knowing that a victory against Birmingham City on Tuesday night at St Andrews will book a place in the play-offs, and Rosler insisted it’s not a time to panic.
“Nobody is panicking because we have two games now to get those three points that we need and we will work extremely hard to get them.
“When I came in December we were nowhere near thinking about the play-offs.
“We’ve come a long way since then to be two games away from the play-offs with our destiny still in our hands.
“It’s a great position to be in and that is the message now to the players.”
Looking forward to the final two games of the season Rosler added:
”We will analyse the game and there will be changes, but not for the purpose of rotating it will be because of performances, football makes the decisions not me.
“In the second half we had players who didn’t perform to their usual level and I have to look at my players in training on Sunday and Monday and see who will give me the mentality to go to Birmingham and win the game.”