Rosler wants Latics to hammer point home

Nottingham Forest's Jack Hobbs  battles with Burnley's Sam Vokes
Nottingham Forest's Jack Hobbs battles with Burnley's Sam Vokes

UWE Rosler believes Wigan Athletic’s midweek point at Middlesbrough can only be considered a good one if they go on to beat Charlton this weekend.

Latics extended their recent sequence to one defeat in 11 matches with the goalless draw at the Riverside.

Despite admitting he would have settled for that prior to kick-off, Rosler believes his men let Boro off the hook by allowing their standards to drop.

Wigan’s gruelling schedule of late would perhaps explain any lethargy in their play.

But Rosler insists Latics missed a great opportunity at the Riverside to steal a march on their play-off rivals.

“The warm-up went brilliant, and we normally take that into the game and how we start,” said Rosler.

“But it started from the kick-off – we passed it back, back, back and that showed me the mindset we had.

“I can’t allow that. If you want to get promoted, you need to go out all guns blazing for as long as you can.

“You then make substitutions to keep the tempo and intensity up.

“I wasn’t happy with the first half, but to be fair I thought there was an excellent response in the second half.

“We were decent after the break, but I know we can play even better.”

Next up for Latics is the visit of struggling Charlton on Saturday.

And Rosler is determined there will be improvement across the board from his troops.

“There is more pressure on us now to win the home game against Charlton,” the Wigan boss insisted.

“If we can do that it gives us four points from our two games this week, and a two-point average per game will get us to where we want to be.

“But it’s not that easy. In this league, every game is a fight.”

The closest Wigan came to a goal on Teesside was a second-half thunderbolt from substitute James McArthur that forced a wonderful save from Boro’s on-loan goalkeeper Shay Given.

“It was a great hit from James, but a fantastic save from the goalkeeper,” Rosler added.

“It got a deflection on the way, and I thought it was in. But never mind, we move on.”

Meanwhile. Latics are still in with a chance of landing Hull City centre-back Jack Hobbs before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm tomorrow night.

The 25-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, had been expected to join Nottingham Forest – with whom he spent the first half of the campaign on loan.

However, Hobbs has since been recalled from the City Ground by the Tigers, a move which has moved the goalposts somewhat.

And Hull boss Steve Bruce says the player’s future is far from decided, with Latics one of three clubs competing for his signature.

“We have accepted a bid from Forest, we have accepted a bid from Wigan and we have accepted a bid from Reading, so I would expect him by Friday to take up one of those options,” Bruce revealed.

Bruce did play down speculation Championship leaders Leicester were also monitoring developments.

“I don’t know where that’s come from,” Bruce added.

Latics have also been strongly linked with a loan move for West Brom defender Craig Dawson, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bolton and represented Team GB in the 2012 Olympics.