Uwe sees the positives as Latics draw a blank

Jesse Lingard is red-carded for a tackle on Jordi Gomez
Jesse Lingard is red-carded for a tackle on Jordi Gomez
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UWE Rosler reckoned yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham was definitely a point gained rather than two dropped.

Latics failed to win for the first time in the league under Rosler after being held by the Midlanders at the DW Stadium.

The home side were below their best for long periods and failed to make the most of a one-man advantage for the last half-hour following the sending-off of Birmingham striker Jesse Lingard.

The on-loan Manchester United man was punished for a poor challenge on Latics substitute Jordi Gomez, whose half-time introduction improved matters although not quite enough to secure a third successive win.

That makes it seven points from nine under the German ahead of Sunday’s visit of high-flying Burnley, and Rosler was keen to accentuate the positives from the encounter.

“I was certainly not disappointed with a point,” the Wigan boss said.

“Sometimes you have to accept that you don’t have enough on the day to win the game.

“Birmingham made it very difficult for us, and 11-against-11 we would have found it very difficult to get anything.”

For the first time under Rosler, Latics failed to go in front with an early goal. which could have been all-important in such a hectic programme.

“I thought we started okay, for the first five or 10 minutes you saw what we wanted to do,” Rosler acknowledged.

“Then we had some very nervy moments when we lost the ball in stupid areas and you saw the confidence levels drop.

“Our pressing football didn’t work at all, and that was a big part of our game plan.

“The red card helped us, but we never really had any clear-cut chances. That is football.”

Rosler also confirmed that Nick Powell missed the game with a soft-tissue problem he picked up at Reading last weekend.

There has been speculation that Powell will be recalled by Manchester United halfway through his season-long loan deal.

But Rosler says there was no sinister reason behind his absence.

“Yes, he was injured. He is our top goalscorer, I wouldn’t rest him. We are not in that position,” he added.