UWE Rosler is backing his players to show their mettle and get their promotion push back on track this weekend at Bolton.
Wigan’s 10-match unbeaten run came to an end at QPR on Tuesday night, Yossi Benayoun’s early goal proving decisive.
It was only the third defeat under Rosler in 24 matches, a run that has catapulted Latics into the play-off picture at exactly the right time.
And Rosler is confident his side can overcome Tuesday’s setback and, at the same time, claim the local bragging rights at the Reebok.
“I will say the same thing after losing as I did after winning – the next game is always the most important one,” Rosler said.
“It’s a derby game, at Bolton, and all of our focus is on that.
“We got nothing out of Tuesday night, so to keep up our two-points-per-game ratio we must win at Bolton.
“That is our aim, and that is what I am working towards.”
Despite going down at Loftus Road, Rosler was far from downhearted with the way his players performed.
“The players know they played well on Tuesday, they know they gave me everything they had,” the Latics chief acknowledged.
“I always said, right back to when I started, that come March and April, my team would be looking very strong.
“You saw that on Tuesday - we were still going strong right through to the final whistle.
“The players have a real confidence in their own ability, and confidence in the way they can push every three days for a victory.
“Coming out of the QPR game, everybody was obviously disappointed that we didn’t get anything.
“But they know they put in a good performance.”
Missed chances cost Latics dear against Rangers, while former England goalkeeper Rob Green also had an inspired night.
“We have been very clinical of late, and haven’t needed many chances in the last few weeks and months to score goals,” added Rosler.
“On Tuesday night we probably needed too many and we paid the penalty.
“We created some good chances – running through on goal, free headers, inside the box – but sometimes it’s like that.
“Sometimes you face a goalkeeper who is very good, who was their man of the match.
“In general I felt we dealt very well with the threat of Ravel Morrison, apart from the first 10 minutes when he showed his quality.
“After that, individually and collectively we coped very well with him.
“There were a lot of good performers out there, everyone on our side came off the pitch with at least a 7-out-of-10.
“Unfortunately, the margins were against us, but we will bounce back.”