Rosler vows - We’ll be back

Shaun Maloney dejected at the final whistle as the QPR players celebrate
Shaun Maloney dejected at the final whistle as the QPR players celebrate

UWE Rosler praised a squad of players that had given him their all after Wigan Athletic suffered play-off heartbreak at QPR last night.

Latics went down 2-1 after extra-time at Loftus Road in a game which was dominated by the hosts following James Perch’s early goal for the visitors.

Charlie Austin levelled from the spot with 17 minutes remaining before scoring the winner six minutes into extra-time.

But Latics boss Rosler refused to be downhearted and remained upbeat after the game despite admitting his disappointment.

After 62 long games, his players were visibly tired as they battled to earn a return to Wembley in the play-off final against Derby on May 24.

Asked if the QPR match was just one game too many, Rosler smiled and replied: “It’s one game too less if anything.”

Rosler, who has propelled Latics into the play-offs since his arrival at the DW Stadium back in December, could not fault the effort of his players.

“We gave it our all,” he added. “The players squeezed out every little drop they had.

“We squeezed out of them every little thing we could do, the squad has been tremendous.

“We started the game today with players who, under normal conditions, would not be playing the game and we started very well.

“We took a massive gamble with James McArthur and that paid off very well, we started very well and got the goal and then he had to go off with a calf injury which he had problems with before the game.

“So after that they got the momentum, they overpowered us. The game ended up very much with second balls and that is obviously not the game we are very good in. Before they scored we had some good chances. In extra-time we looked the stronger side.”