Uwe: We showed we have got steel

James McClean was back in the starting 11 last night
James McClean was back in the starting 11 last night

UWE Rosler believes his players delivered on his request for an immediate reaction to their recent slump in form.

The Latics boss wanted them to show fight and determination against Nottingham Forest last night and was “very happy” with what they offered.

Latics shared the spoils with Stuart Pearce’s side, who are now joint top of the Championship following the 0-0 draw.

Things didn’t quite click in the final third for Wigan but everywhere else they showed an abundance of character and belief.

“I said before the game, the result will come or not come, I was looking for a reaction or a response and I think the players delivered that in a very good fashion,” Rosler said.

“We played against a very good side and I thought a draw was a fair result even though we had more of the game.

“They had two big chances and we had two big chances but we kept the tempo high and that suits us.

“We attacked a lot on the left hand-side and at times the referee made it difficult for us to keep a high tempo because he slowed down the game and stopped the flow.”

The players were given a special motivational talk from chairman Dave Whelan ahead of the game.

Rosler revealed that the 77-year-old often meets with the players before the game and he was delighted with what he had to say.

“I was very happy with the response from the supporters and the chairman,” said the Latics boss.

“The chairman came into the dressing room before the game and gave me and the players reassurance.

“He was very positive and obviously the supporters have been brilliant.

“It’s not the first time he’s come in our dressing room, he regularly does it.

“Today he wanted to have his speech and obviously he is always welcome there or at the training ground. It’s very important he is always close to me and the players, there is a real unity at the club.”

One downside to the performance, as well as a lack of goals, was the injury to captain Emmerson Boyce.

The 35-year-old was brought off at half-time after taking a knock to his leg and left the ground on crutches.

Rosler said: “He kept on going until half-time, we tried to sort him out but we had a good player on the bench in Leon Barnett who came on and did a good job.

“We will now assess Boycey in the next few days, there is some swelling and hopefully we will know more on Thursday or Friday.”

Rosler also confirmed that he lost Rob Kiernan to injury before the game too and is sweating on the fitness of the pair ahead of the trip to Wolves on Saturday.