Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler hails his young stars
WIGAN Athletic boss Uwe Rosler singled out two of his young shining lights for praise as they played key roles in helping him record his first three points at the DW Stadium.
Winger Callum McManaman and frontman Nick Powell caught the eye for the Latics with two ‘special’ goals in the 3-2 win over Bolton.
The German manager said: “Callum played very well against Maribor in midweek, and I was thinking about not playing him from the start and make him an impact player.
“You have got to breathe confidence with this lad and bring him on a level where he can play 90 minutes.
“We let him have 90 minutes today and that will help him with his fitness.
“He can destroy the opposition very effectively and deserved his goal.”
Meanwhile on-loan Manchester United ace Powell has been catching the eye with some great performances in the Championship this season.
Rosler said: “Nick had also impressed against Maribor and can play in different positions.
“He is enjoying his football and is very fit. He puts the opposition under pressure with or without the ball.
“He is a modern type of footballer and I am delighted to work with him.
“We hope that he will continue with us until the end of the season.”
The ex-Manchester City ace Rosler admitted that his side had their work cut out in trying to get three points after suffering a 2-1 midweek defeat in the Europa Cup to NK Maribor.
He said: “The team has responded well to the tactics that we have set out.
“That is pressure high all over the pitch and attacking minded football.
“For the first 45 minutes it was very, very good. That is how I want to play.
“After we scored the second goal our intensity dropped off a bit, then I had to bring on a few substitutions to keep our energy levels high.
“Bolton took control of the game and kept pushing us back and back. It was backs against the wall, we defended in numbers and I am happy to see so much commitment and mental strength from the players.”
Ex-Manchester City striker Rosler believes that their third goal was ‘crucial’ after Bolton Wanderers had just equalised.
He said: “It was great for us to bounce back as I felt that we could have gone and conceded another one.”