UWE Rosler reckoned Wigan Athletic did everything right in their 1-0 defeat at Brighton last night - except score a goal.
Latics suffered another setback on the south coast against a Seagulls side who hadn’t won since August.
Joao Teixeira grabbed the only goal inside the first minute but, despite dominating the remainder of the contest, Latics were unable to hit back,
“I don’t think we can do any more than dominate a game like that away from home, apart from scoring goals,” said Rosler.
“We had enough opportunities to have won the game.
“Of course when you go away from home you don’t want to concede a goal so early on.
“But I don’t think that affected us in any way, because we were completely in charge of the game after that.
“What was missing was the quality to score a goal, and we had enough chances.”
Latics now stand just a point above the drop zone ahead of Friday night’s crunch clash at local rivals Bolton.
“After a game like that, I don’t look at the table,” snapped the German.
The major positive was the return to action of Chris McCann after eight months on the sidelines with a fractured kneecap.
McCann came on for the last 10 minutes to try to tip the balance in Wigan’s favour, with fellow long-term absentee Ben Watson also on the bench after nine months out.
“I was hoping at the end Chris could get himself on the end of something but it wasn’t to be,” Rosler revealed.
“It was good to have him back and also to have Ben on the bench.”
Last night’s result cranks up the pressure ahead of Friday’s derby against Neil Lennon’s resurgent Bolton.
“That will be a different game to tonight,” added Rosler. “This one was about two footballing sides, with one side being on top for the 90 minutes and the other trying to hit them on the break.
“Against Bolton I expect more of a physical fight, more of a physical battle. We just need to score the goals that our performances deserve.”