Rosler raises a glass to McClean

James McClean scores against Ipswich
James McClean scores against Ipswich

UWE Rosler raised a glass to James McClean, who celebrated St Patrick’s Day 48 hours early with a dream double at Ipswich.

The Ireland winger scored his first league goals of the campaign at Portman Road as Latics came from behind to record their eighth win on the bounce, 3-1 the final score.

Both goals were created by Marc-Antoine Fortune, but McClean was undoubtedly the toast of another jubilant dressing room.

“You have to single out James McClean,” recognised Rosler.

“I was delighted to see him get two goals. His first goal in particular was unbelievable movement.

“His goals were a perfect example of how we want to play. That is the way you must play in this league.

“It is very important that our wide players start scoring goals.

“We have addressed it with Callum (McManaman), we are addressing it with James.

“Yes we can do better on the ball, yes after 20 minutes I felt we could take the ball down a little bit more, which we did in the second half. When Jordi Gomez and James McArthur got the ball down we looked very strong in that second half.

“And obviously the front men were running them ragged, which is what you want.”

Wigan’s win saw them move up into fifth spot in the Championship table, five points behind third-placed Derby with two games in hand.

But the win came at cost, with centre-back Leon Barnett - whose header had nosed Latics ahead just before the break - limping off in the second half with a hamstring strain. It capped a nightmare week on the injury front, after Chris McCann (fractured kneecap) and Roger Espinoza (hernia) both underwent surgery that will rule them out of important matches.

“The pity was that we lost another player - the third man down this week,” added Rosler. “And that must stop.

“Thank goodness it’s in a position where we have a lot of cover, but to miss a player like Leon will obviously be a blow.

“He was very responsible and went down straight away, like you would want an experienced pro to do.

“You don’t always know the damage at the time, it may be grade one or grade two.

“But he felt a sharp pain, so that points more to a grade two than a grade one.”