Uwe still on lookout for reinforcements

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler
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UWE Rosler will step up his attempts to bring in new blood after seeing Wigan Athletic grab a draw from the clutches of defeat in their Championship opener.

Latics required a 94th-minute equaliser from James McArthur to secure a point against Reading, who had recovered from the disappointment of going behind to a Callum McManaman goal to deservedly lead 2-1.

With five players making their debut for Wigan, and a number of them having not enjoyed a full pre-season, Rosler was relieved in the end to take a point.

And he will hope that his next effort to land midfielder Adam Forshaw - who was left out of the Brentford squad at the weekend - will be third time lucky after two unsuccessful bids.

“We showed a great attitude, a never-say-die spirit, and we dragged ourselves back,” assessed the Wigan boss.

“It’s very important to start the season by getting something - even when you aren’t at your best.“But everybody knows we are in the market for at least two more quality players.

“Today was all about being totally concentrated on the game.

“Anything else will either come or not come. Obviously I hope it will come.”

Rosler admitted his side are in need of reinforcements after doing it tough over the pre-season programme.

“Some players were today on the edge fitness-wise, and on another day I wouldn’t have played them,” he added.

“On another day I wouldn’t have played Don Cowie, on another day I wouldn’t have played Emyr Huws, and James McArthur is only just back from injury.

“When you have an engine room of three players - none of whom are physically at their best – then you get thrown back.

“But we did the best we could the players dug very deep and we got something out if it.

“And I think that’s important to start the season like that. For the first six games we have to hang in there before everyone is on board, and

before certain players are back up to speed. “I thought it would be very difficult for us to come back and get something at the end - but I was very happy we did.”