Rosler hails Wigan’s battling display against QPR

James McArthur under pressure from QPR's Tom Carroll
James McArthur under pressure from QPR's Tom Carroll

UWE Rosler reckoned only a world-class performance from ex-England goalkeeper Rob Green saw Latics return from QPR last night with nothing.

Latics went down for the time time in 11 matches at Loftus Road thanks to Yossi Benayoun’s 15th-minute goal.

The visitors created enough chances to have won several matches, but a mixture of poor finishing and the inspired form of Green denied them.

“I think everybody inside the stadium would acknowledge we should have got something out of that game,” Rosler insisted.

“Apart from the first 10 minutes we were very, very good - we had more goal attempts and clearer chances.

“I thought our attitude was spot on, and we pushed right until the final whistle.

“The goalkeeper for QPR was the man of the match - and I think maybe Roy (Hodgson) should have another look at him.”

“Obviously I’m not happy with the result, because I hate to lose.

“But I am more than happy with the performance we have put in against a team with top, top, top players.”

Rosler also played down the second-half skirmish involving Benayoun and Ivan Ramis, that saw the Israeli cautioned and the Wigan centre-back escape a card.

The significance of the referee’s decision was exacerbated later in the game when Benayoun was shown a second yellow card, although Latics were unable to make their one-man advantage pay.

“I think tonight there was a very good game of football, and I think you guys should report on a very good game of football,” Rosler added.

“Both teams wanted to play, the tempo was enormous, and for the neutral it was a great advert for the Championship.

“That is what the focus should be on.”

Rosler also reported no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday’s derby against Bolton, with new-boy Jack Collison coming through his first 90 minutes in the engine room.