Uwe: Hectic schedule not to blame for disappointing show

Nottingham Forest loan ace Jack Hobbs is subject to a 'firm' Wigan offer according to Steve Bruce, boss of Hobbs' parent club Hull
Nottingham Forest loan ace Jack Hobbs is subject to a 'firm' Wigan offer according to Steve Bruce, boss of Hobbs' parent club Hull

UWE Rosler admits he breathed a huge sigh of relief after seeing holders Wigan Athletic take their place in the FA Cup fourth-round draw - but only after an almighty scare from MK Dons.

Latics face a replay at the League One outfit after being held 3-3 at the DW on Saturday, with a home game against Premier League Crystal Palace the reward for the winners.

Despite leading 2-0 and 3-2, Latics were hanging on at the end for another crack at the Dons, and Rosler was far from happy with what he saw.

“It was not a good match for us,” the Wigan boss acknowledged.

“We started well, wanting to pressure them, and we showed the right intensity and the right hunger.

“We were 2-0 up from an individual goal and a pressing situation, and after that we stopped doing the things that worked for us, and that was disappointing.”

Rosler also refused to blame the recent hectic programme for his side’s under-performance, believing instead that some of his players had underestimated their opponents.

“Some players had played every game for me, but I also brought players in who had not,” he added.

“For the front five, fatigue was not an issue. We just let them back into the game.

“In that period, we underestimated their quality, and that is a lesson for us.

“Coming from the Premier League, facing a League One club, we cannot underestimate anyone.

“I have shown them that and I have warned them. We have to fight for every inch.

“If we had done that for 90 minutes, we would have turned out comfortable winners.

“We let them back in, and in periods, they were the better team.”

Rosler admitted he was looking to bring in ‘one or two’ new faces in time for the replay down in Milton Keynes.

One of the players Latics are chasing is Hull centre-half Jack Hobbs, who is currently on a season-long loan at Nottingham Forest.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce revealed at the weekend Latics had made a ‘firm enquiry’ for the 25-year-old, despite him having already agreed a pre-contract with Forest when his Hull deal expires at the end of the season. A cash bid now from Latics would clearly be a preferable alternative to Hull, and Bruce admitted: “I’m sure something will happen there.

“We have had a firm enquiry from Wigan concerning Hobbs - that’s on the agenda.

“There’s one or two others sniffing around, I’ve had one or two phone calls regarding Jack.

“We’ll obviously see what he wants to do and see what happens in the next few weeks with that.”