Wigan boss: Nottingham Forest performance is all that matters

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Uwe Rosler was pleased to see Wigan claim a point against Nottinham Forest, with the Latics coming off the back of three defeats in four games.

A slow start to the season has seen Wigan falter around the lower end of the Championship table, with just two wins in 10 games.

Hosting Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night was always set to be a tough tie, with the unbeaten co-league leaders looking to extend their run of games without defeat with victory over the Latics, who have lost three of the last four played.

However, Forest could not take the advantage, with a tough-fought stalemate ending the tie 1-1, extending Forest’s unbeaten run, but also making it three games without victory for Stuart Pearce’s men.

For Wigan, the point gained moved them further away from the relegation places, but head coach Uwe Rosler told the official Wigan website that the result didn’t matter - it was all about the performance.

The former Brentford man said: "I told the players today that the result came second because for me it was more important about the reaction and about the performance; I think my players delivered that against a very good Nottingham Forest side.

"The draw was a fair result I felt because they had two good chances and we had two great chances as well.

"First and foremost, what was good for me was that we were on the front foot, we competed better in midfield, won more balls and we were driving forward.”

The performances were strong from both sides, but Wigan dominated the game, with Forest surprisingly weak in possession, and the home side could count themselves unlucky not to have walked away with all three points, with James McClean and Emmerson Boyce both missing good chances.

Despite the draw, Rosler was impressed with how his team coped with the pressure of sitting near the tail-end of the table, and he is looking for further improvement in the coming weeks.

He added: “I was looking for energy, looking for desire, looking for tempo and I think the best moments we had were when we kept the tempo high and when we worked the left-hand side.

“I’m happy; I want to build on that performance, hopefully we’ll recover quick and on to Wolves, build on that performance and go for it.

“We have to improve our away record, there’s no question about that and Wolves are a top team but it will suit us, like tonight, going into the game as underdogs because my players thrive on that challenge.”

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