Rosler fumes as Latics pay penalty

Andy Delort in action against Huddersfield
Andy Delort in action against Huddersfield
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UWE Rosler was blazing last night after seeing his Wigan Athletic side held to a goalless draw at struggling Huddersfield.

Latics recorded their first away point of the campaign, but could and should have had all three after dominating their opponents for virtually the whole game.

Rosler felt Latics could have had THREE penalties from referee Sebastian Stockbridge – one in the first half for a foul on Callum McManaman and two in the final quarter for handball.

The McManaman incident in particular looked a stonewall spot-kick, after he was tripped by a stray Town leg.

But after very public suggestions from the Blackburn camp that the penalty McManaman was awarded at Ewood Park last weekend was somewhat soft, Rosler felt his side this time paid the penalty.

“People are trying to give Callum a reputation,” the Latics boss fumed. “He shifted the ball, there was no contact from the defender on the ball and there was definite contact on his leg.

“I don’t know how the referee can’t give a penalty – and then book him – for that.

“The problem is defenders in the final third have problems handling him, and they are trying to get in the ear of the referee.

“The defender was too slow, there was contact, and it’s a penalty.

“With the handball situations, I don’t know how you can’t see that. I have seen it on the DVD. No question.”

That said, Rosler also admitted his side had only themselves to blame for not taking one of the several decent opportunities they created throughout the 90 minutes.

“We completely dominated, we created clear-cut chances,” he added.

“We got the ball down a lot, more than we did at Blackburn, and we did it for 90 minutes. We did not get what we deserved – 15 attempts, 60 per cent possession, and we don’t win the game.”