Wigan Athletic 0 Brentford 0

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler

WIGAN Athletic huffed and puffed but couldn’t come up with a win for Uwe Rosler against his old Brentford side.

Rosler had signalled his intentions from the off with an extremely attacking team selection.

James Tavernier started at right back with attacking trio Shaun Maloney, James McClean and Callum McManaman supporting lone striker Oriol Riera.

But Latics were again unable to find that cutting edge in front of goal, Maloney coming closest to breaking the deadlock just before half-time only to see goalkeeper David Button turn his effort round the post.

Then, in the final quarter, McClean looked a certain scorer only to head Tavnernier’s inviting cross over the top from close range.

In fairness to Brentford - and as Rosler had predicted - the visitors more than held their own and created several decent opportunities that on another day they could and perhaps should have taken.

Scott Carson was again excellent between the sticks for Latics, making crucial saves to deny Moses Odubajo, Joto and Alex Pritchard.

Striker Andre Gray was also a constant for the Latics defence, but he couldn’t hit the target with his two clear-cut opportunities.

It’s a third successive draw for Latics, who move up a couple of places in the Championship table.

But with only two wins now out of 12 matches played, it cranks up the pressure ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Millwall.

FOR THE FULL MATCH REPORT, PICTURES AND REACTION, SEE MONDAY’S WIGAN EVENING POST