Rosler: Game shows how far we’ve come

Ivan Ramis celebrates his goal against Leicester
Ivan Ramis celebrates his goal against Leicester

UWE Rosler declared last night’s 2-2 draw with Leicester as one of the best games in the Championship this season.

The Wigan manager poured praise on his team for their dominant performance but rued the way they dropped two points in the dying stages.

Latics were twice pegged back after goals from defenders Ivan Ramis and Rob Kiernan on a night where Rosler believes the Championship showed exactly what it has to offer.

The draw leaves Latics in fifth and six points clear of seventh-placed Nottingham Forest with seven games to play.

Leicester, meanwhile, are on the brink of promotion with 16 points between them in top spot and QPR in third.

“I think it shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed that we couldn’t hold on when we were leading 2-1,” said Rosler.

“It shows how ambitious we are and overall every player knows that we had a good game, we played well. In the end, the result counts though. I felt it was one of the best Championship games I have seen this season.

“There were two quality teams who really went for it with a high tempo, good in transition, very willing to press.

“Also, in terms of a technical and tactical standard, it was quite high for our division.

“We are happy with our performance that we matched their tempo and application.

“I know we have good footballers but the tempo Leicester have set in this division from day one is enormous and I think that was the hardest test for us since I came here and I think we passed that test with flying colours.”

Rosler also reserved particular praise for Kiernan, who netted his first goal for Latics in the first half.

He said: “I felt that for a young player to play his first game against Watford then QPR and then today, it can’t get harder than that.

“I think the boy can go a long way. I know and had him at Brentford, I know I can trust him and I know he can play different positions.”