Rosler - Lessons learned from loss

Burnley's David Jones and Wigan Athletic's Jack Collinson battle for the ball at Turf Moor
Burnley's David Jones and Wigan Athletic's Jack Collinson battle for the ball at Turf Moor

UWE Rosler admits Wigan Athletic will “learn the lesson” from yesterday’s defeat at Burnley – and come back stronger.

Latics failed to secure their place in the play-offs after going down 2-0 at Turf Moor, a result that saw the Clarets confirm their own promotion to the Premier League.

Goals from Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly handed Burnley the points.

And Rosler was left to bemoan a forgettable afternoon from Wigan’s point of view.

“First of all congratulations to Burnley, they deserve it, and I think today was an accurate reflection of their season,” said Rosler.

“We wanted to compete very much at the start and we did so, but after 10-15 minutes we couldn’t start to get the ball down to play.

“Burnley are ones of the best pressing teams in the league along with Leicester and ourselves, and we were forced a game where we were second best.

“In the second half we put on another centre back that gave us a better platform to get on the ball, and we played better, we created chances.

“But overall I know we weren’t as good as we usually are, but there haven’t been many performances like this since I’ve been at the club.

“We all have to take the lesson out of this game, including me, and we move on to the next game where we have a chance of getting into the play-offs.

“I will excuse the players that performance because they have been fantastic for me so far.

“Sometimes it’s important not to over-analyse games, and give the opposition credit where it’s deserved.”

Just one win from their last three matches will ensure Latics are involved in the play-offs - starting on Saturday when struggling Blackpool rock up at the DW Stadium.

“We have been the second best team in the league since I came here in terms of picking up points against the top half of the table,” Rosler added.

“We have not been as good against teams from the bottom half of the table, and that is what we will face over the next two games.”