- Barrow praises Tavernier as exceptional.
- Latics progress good ahead of Germany trip.
- Uwe's work ethic has rubbed off on everyone.
Latics’ Assistant Manager Graham Barrow described summer signing James Tavernier as exceptional after the former Newcastle United man bagged his first Wigan Athletic goal in superb fashion in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Rochdale.
Ian Henderson and Bastien Hery gave the hosts a two-goal advantage at the Dale’s Spotland Stadium before Tavernier replied with a fine 25-yard drive to give Latics hope in the second-half.
And, though Latics couldn’t find an equaliser, Barrow was pleased with the efforts of the young side he and Uwe Rosler fielded.
“I thought it was exceptional,” said Barrow of Tavernier’s goal. “He’s shown that since he walked through the door at the club; his quality in training is there, his quality when he’s played so far has been there.
“He’s an exceptionally good player; there should be 10 or 12 goals from his crosses alone and maybe more.
“I thought young [Aaron] Taylor-Sinclair showed glimpses too – when the new lads come in and show what they’re showing so far that’s really positive.
“We left so many senior players behind, we brought an experimental team and the young lads obviously gained some experience from it,” he continued.
“When you look at the people that we did leave behind today and also those we have injured for the next week or so, we’ve got a lot of quality missing.”
Taylor-Sinclair, Thomas Rogne, Leon Barnett, Fraser Fyvie and Grant Holt all got 90 minutes at Spotland and Barrow said that he was played certain players got good match time, though he and Rosler were cautious of any more injuries being sustained ahead of the trip to Germany.
“Generally speaking I thought it’s fine what we’ve seen over pre-season,” Barrow added. “We were just pleased with the workout, after Besiktas we were just a little bit wary of picking up any muscle injuries again.
“We wanted to get more minutes into players that probably needed more today than others.
“Rochdale had two chances in the first-half and took them, we had half a dozen.
“We have no complaints; it was just some more progress before we go to Germany next week.”
Barrow was promoted to full-time assistant manager following the arrival of Eric Black as first-team coach and he says it’s been really beneficial for everyone at the club to work with Rosler for full pre-season.
“It’s been really interesting, obviously it’s the first pre-season we’ve had with the gaffer,” he said. “It’s clear to everybody that he’s got a fantastic work ethic – I think that’s rubbed off on the club since he came in.
“We’ve probably been back before anybody else but we’re seeing the benefits of it now and hopefully we’ll see the benefits come Saturday 9th August.
“In fact, I’m damn sure we will.”