WIGAN Athletic boss Uwe Rosler admitted the 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield was a ‘missed opportunity’ for Latics to make up some ground on their play-off rivals.
The visitors dominated for long periods in West Yorkshire, but failed to make the most of several chances to go in front.
And they paid the penalty with five minutes remaining when Adam Clayton fired past Ali Al Habsi from 25 yards to secure a first win in five for the Terriers.
“It was a missed opportunity for us,” acknowledged Rosler.
“I am very happy - or as happy as it’s possible to be when your team has lost a game.
“I thought, against a team that can cause you problems with the way they play, we coped very well under very difficult circumstances.
“We played very well, we dominated the game, created more chances, enjoyed more possession, and restricted them to shots from distance.
“I felt the wrong team won - but if we play like that more often than not we will win games on the road.”
Martyn Waghorn was the pick of the Wigan players, the on-loan Leicester man looking a threat every time he got the ball down the right-hand side.
But the afternoon was summed up when he somehow steered Jean Beausejour’s inch-perfect cross wide of the target from inside the six-yard box.
“I think Martyn was excellent,” added Rosler.
“I was undecided about whether to start with him or Callum (McManaman), who had played very well here 12 months ago in the cup.
“But seeing the conditions and the way he had adapted to our pressing game in training, I wanted to start with Martyn.
“He held out longer than I thought he would and he looked fit, very determined, very hard-working, good on the ball and was very good on set-pieces.
“He nearly scored - and he should have scored - but I’m not blaming anybody.
“I’m delighted with the way we played in difficult conditions, and if we keep playing like that we will score more goals and win more games.
“And that is the bottom line of the game.”
Latics once again missed the composure of top scorer Nick Powell up top, and the on-loan Manchester United man is battling to be fit for tomorrow night’s rearranged trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
Rosler reported no fresh injuries ahead of the clash with the Owls, who are now up to dizzy heights of 17th spot in the Championship after extending their unbeaten sequence to 11 matches with an impressive win at Reading.