Race for striker heats up

Uwe Rosler rages during the defeat to Cardiff
Uwe Rosler rages during the defeat to Cardiff

UWE Rosler acknowledged Wigan Athletic paid a high price for profligacy in front of goal after going down at Cardiff last night.

Latics crashed 1-0 in South Wales to extend their winless start to the season to four matches.

Former Latics loanee Nicky Maynard grabbed the only goal seven minutes into the second half after good work from Kenwyne Jones.

But the visitors were left to count the cost of a string of missed opportunities - not to mention an inspired performance from home goalkeeper David Marshall.

“I would have been devastated if we had have only come away with a point,” insisted Rosler.

“You think there will be many teams that come here to Cardiff and dominate the game the way we did? I don’t think so.

“We were dominant for 90 minutes apart from getting the ball in the back of the net.

“And that is our problem, up front was our problem. But we win together and we lose together - nobody will be blamed for this.

“You ask me to analyse the game, though, and I feel that is a fair reflection.

“Cardiff were very passive, and they were only going to win the game on us making a big mistake, which we didn’t, or a set-piece.

“That can happen when you have a player like Jones in the team, and it was always going to be Nicky Maynard. We knew that.”

Rosler remains desperate to bring in new blood ahead of the transfer window, and is still waiting to hear whether his bid for a mystery striker has been successful.

“We still have a bid on the table for a striker, but it’s an ongoing process,” the Wigan boss added.

“There are at least two competitors in the race for the same player.

“We don’t know if we will succeed, but we are doing everything we can to get the deal done.”