UWE Rosler could not hide his delight after seeing Wigan Athletic outclass Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough for the second time in two months to reignite their promotion push.
Latics had been thwarted by the weather and a waterlogged pitch after establishing a winning position in South Yorkshire just before Christmas.
But they had no such problems in last night’s rearranged game against a Wednesday side defending an impressive 11-match unbeaten run.
Latics put in a thoroughly professional display that saw them bounce back from the disappointment of losing at Huddersfield on Saturday.
When asked whether the win was ‘footballing justice’ for the abandoned match, Rosler sat back in his seat and smiled.
“I would like to say yes, but unfortunately football does not operate like that,” said the Wigan boss.
“The team we faced today was obviously a different team from the one we faced in December – they have a lot more energy, pace and direction in their play now.
“It was a big challenge for us against a team bang in form – but goals change games.
“We probably played better at Huddersfield last weekend and lost.
“This time we got the goals at the right time, and we did a thoroughly professional job. I’m delighted.”
Nicky Maynard scored his first goal in a Wigan shirt on the half-hour mark, and was claiming a second shortly after when Martyn Waghorn’s corner appeared to go straight in at the near post.
There was no debate about the third goal, scored in stoppage-time from Marc-Antoine Fortune.
And Rosler admitted he’ll let his loan pair fight amongst themselves over the disputed second goal.
“Martyn scored the second goal, direct from a corner - that’s what I saw from my position,” he added. “But if Nicky’s claiming it, he’s claiming it. And I’m delighted for him for the way he played.”