Rosler warns Wigan to ‘smarten up’ ahead of run-in

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UWE Rosler reckons his Wigan Athletic side have to become ‘a lot smarter’ in seeing out games heading into the final straight of the campaign.

Latics got back to winning ways at the weekend with a 2-1 victory over Watford, four days after dropping two points against Yeovil.

Goals from Jean Beausjeour and Martyn Waghorn were enough to secure the points for Latics, who had trailed to Lewis McGugan’s strike against the run of play.

The winning margin could and should have been even more emphatic, but for several missed opportunities in front of goal.

And Latics were nearly hit with a late leveller for the second time inside a week, only for Ikeshi Anya to fire wide of the post from a great position.

“I wasn’t worried there would be a repeat (of Tuesday night),” revealed Rosler.

“We continued to play our football and go for more goals, we kept two players up front at all times so we always had an outlet.

“I just think that when we get into stoppage-time, we have to become a lot smarter.

“It’s not the time to be playing square balls up front that they can intercept and start an attack - with three of our players out of the game.

“But my players once again showed their character and bringing across everything that our club is about.

“It was crucial we didn’t panic when we went behind - instead we carried on with our usual manner and we took a deserved lead. We have to be a bit better in the last five minutes of games, but I understand at the moment that it’s hard for us to play at full intensity for 95 minutes.” Rosler reported no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to QPR.

Rob Kiernan’s late substitution was down to cramp, while James Perch successfully came through the 90 minutes after being an injury doubt in the lead-up.