UWE Rosler admitted he thought it was going to be ‘one of those days’ for Latics before Jordi Gomez’s late penalty saw off Sheffield Wednesday.
Latics looked sluggish from the off as they struggled to get back into their rhythm following Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester City.
But they kept going and were rewarded with three minutes left, when James Perch was clipped in the area by Caolan Lavery, and Gomez converted his second crucial penalty in three days to seal all three points.
“I felt it was going to be one of those days,” said Rosler.
“In the first half we showed a big hangover from Sunday.
“Sheffield Wednesday were very organised and had pace on the break. But in the second half we consistently played in their half, and they had one shot on goal.
“We pushed them back, and we kept on working.
“When you have that attitude, you get rewarded.”
Latics had a big scare in the first half when Ali Al Habsi brought down Jacques Maghoma for a stonewall penalty.
After referee Andy Haines showed only a yellow card to the goalkeeper, when some referees would have brandished red, Al Habsi rubbed salt into Wednesday wounds by saving Leon Best’s penalty.
“It was a clear penalty for me,” added Rosler.
“Was it a red card? I have to say the ball had travelled away from goal, and James Perch was in a position to intercept.
“I would say no, it wasn’t a red card. But I can understand Stuart being very disappointed. In his position, I would probably be the same.”
l Rosler refused to comment on speculation Latics are about to make a loan move for Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell. When asked on the subject, Rosler chuckled before saying: “I don’t know what to say.”