UWE Rosler says Wigan Athletic sent out a real statement of intent by crushing play-off rivals Reading at the DW.
The 3-0 scoreline hugely flattered the visitors, with Latics in total control from the first minute until the very last.
Jordi Gomez, Martyn Waghorn and Callum McManaman grabbed the goals for Latics, who would have had more but for a mixture of poor finishing and fine goalkeeper by Reading’s Alex McCarthy.
Not only did Wigan cement their play-off position - they are now six points clear of seventh-placed Reading with a game in hand – they also showed their mettle after last weekend’s agonising FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.
“A lot of people were maybe thinking that it’s the end of Wigan, they’re finished, they’re so tired,” said Rosler.
“But the fact is we’re not tired - we’re stubborn.
“We’ll play high tempo as long as we have petrol in the tank, and that’s exactly what we did.
“I’m proud of the players that they started the game with the momentum we left Wembley with.
“It was a day when I thought we could do something for our goal difference, and that’s exactly what we did.
“We were never really in danger, it was a very strong performance.
“To play like that, with that intensity, at this time of the the year, is not easy.
“The first 40 minutes was to perfection. There are not many teams in this division who can live with us playing like that.”
Opposing boss Nigel Adkins - a former Latics goalkeeper from the Springfield Park era - looked positively shell-shocked after the game.
After seeing Reading slip out of the play-off picture, he admitted Latics had been worthy winners.
“Wigan are the best team we’ve played this season,” Adkins acknowledged.
“They gave us more problems than anyone we’ve played.”
It was a perfect day all round for Latics boss Rosler, who walked into the press conference just as Brentford - the side he left to join Wigan just before Christmas - had their own promotion to the Championship confirmed by Rotherham’s defeat at Wolves.
“Before I start I would like to congratulate my former club,” Rosler said.
“I’m very happy for the players, the staff, the supporters - everybody connected to Brentford.
“I know how hard everyone has been working - both while I was there and since I have left - and it’s a fantastic achievement.”