UWE Rosler admitted his pride at delivering on his promise to Dave Whelan that he would secure a play-off finish for Wigan Athletic.
Latics last night booked their place in the top six with a game to spare thanks to a hard-fought but ultimately well-deserved 1-0 victory at Birmingham.
The Midlanders hadn’t won at home since October but never lost heart and were pushing for an equaliser until the sixth minute of added time.
But Scott Carson came up with a clean sheet on his return to the side, while Gary Caldwell marshalled the back five superbly on his first start of the campaign.
Callum McManaman’s third-minute goal was the difference between the two sides, and means Latics travel to Blackburn on Saturday without the pressure of having to get a result.
“I promised the chairman when I joined that we would get into the play-offs, and my players, my squad, has delivered,” Rosler told the Evening Post.
“I compliment the players who were on duty and the players who have played in the other games.
“It has been a monumental effort, considering where we started in December, but the job is not complete yet.
“A lot of people said that it was impossible for us to achieve the play-offs with that cup run, and we did by utilising the squad and managing players coming back from long-term injuries - like Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell, Shaun Maloney and Roger Espinoza.
“It was only possible, the way that we did it, by everybody contributing and I am very proud of my players.
“We will now have two days of active recovery.
“We are not shutting down the engine completely.
“We will make sure that we will have a very strong and motivated team pushing for a win at Blackburn Rovers.”