Rosler praises experienced duo

Marc-Antoine Fortune celebrates his goal with Shaun Maloney at Wolves
Marc-Antoine Fortune celebrates his goal with Shaun Maloney at Wolves

UWE Rosler has praised the impact of experienced attacking duo Shaun Maloney and Marc-Antoine Fortune.

The pair both impressed on their return to the starting line-up in the 2-2 draw Wolves on Saturday.

Maloney had a hand in both goals with Fortune bagging Wigan’s second.

Latics only had fleeting visits into the Wolves half but Rosler praised the duo’s work ethic when they

did.

He also revealed that Fortune had previously been told he would take a back seat this season behind Oriol Riera and Andy Delort.

“I’m very happy with their contributions,” said Rosler.

“Marc-Antoine Fortune was told by me at the beginning of the season that the new strikers would be preferred at the beginning to get their chance.

“Marco has been an exceptional pro, he’s never let himself down or us down. He’s continued to work hard and kept himself in good shape mentally and physically.

“In the situation we’re in we need more Championship experience and Marco gives us that, he knows the Championship in and out.

He has the physicality to cope with that and he takes the pressure off our new players because they need to adapt a little bit more.

“The way he played on Saturday and the fact he scored made me very happy.

“Shaun Maloney has been introduced quite a bit lately, I started him against Ipswich and I wanted him on the pitch.

“He did his job off the ball exceptionally and he is now 100 per cent fit.

“He was a calming factor in our play and he made our first goal so I’m very happy with his contribution as well.”

Fortune’s goal was his first in the league since February and he hopes it can help him propel up the pecking order. The striker also revealed the reason behind his muted celebration.

“It’s my first goal this season so I’m really happy,” said Fortune.

“There is a lot of competition, we have a lot of strikers this season.

“The gaffer brought other strikers but we know we have to work hard to win our place and today I showed him I can be part of the team.

“I’ve had a difficult time since the beginning of the season.

“I wasn’t in the team a lot of times, I’m a quiet man so I kept my joy for me.”