UWE Rosler admitted Saturday’s trip to Doncaster was a game too far for his Wigan Athletic players.
Latics surrendered their eight-match unbeaten domestic record under Rosler with a convincing 3-0 defeat,
The home side had not won in nine matches, but were superior in every department to inflict a damaging defeat on Latics.
And the German acknowledged fatal failings at both ends in an afternoon to forget.
“Obviously we weren’t at our best,” recognised Rosler.
“When you’re not at your best, you have to make sure you stay in the game.
“Their first goal came from an easy mistake, but we have enough good chances in that first half to have scored.
“We didn’t manage to do so, and in the second half I never felt we had the energy to come back into the game.”
The clash was Wigan’s 10th in the space of just 37 days since Rosler succeeded Owen Coyle in the hotseat.
And the gaffer admitted he’d been fearing a performance like this was around the corner.
“We paid a heavy price for our gruelling schedule,” added Rosler.
“We couldn’t go any more or put enough pressure on them.
“We looked leggy, and we couldn’t turn it around.
“To then concede the second and third...with the aspirations we have, that is just not good enough.
“It came to a point in the game where we seemed to have given up, and that’s not like us nor is it acceptable when you see how many supporters have made the journey to support us.
“But I do understand what the players went through, and a game like this was going to come at some stage - it came today.
“It’s not about losing one game - it’s about how we bounce back from this and how we react.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction from the players in the week.”