WI­GAN FIND FOR­TUNE DOESN’T GO THEIR WAY

The Football League Paper - - PROFILE ON - By Chris Dunlavy

WI­GAN boss Uwe Rosler was left to rue his side’s tooth­less­ness af­ter a dire draw handed QPR the ad­van­tage go­ing into Mon­day’s de­cider at Lof­tus Road.

In a game of few chances and lit­tle in­ci­dent, Wi­gan missed a golden chance to break the dead­lock when Marc-An­toine For­tune blazed over with the goal gap­ing.

And af­ter draw­ing four blanks in the their last eight games, Rosler is ex­pect­ing more ruth­less­ness in the sec­ond leg.

“I don’t think a draw was a fair re­sult,” said the Ger­man.“We played well, we had some re­ally big chances. But at the mo­ment we are not scor­ing many goals. We need a killer in­stinct in the box, es­pe­cially when the crosses come in.

“We were too cau­tious at times but we are not un­happy. We go there with con­fi­dence and we have a good chance to win.”

With the di­vi­sion’s most fa­tigued side play­ing host to its most el­derly, only the most de­luded op­ti­mist could have ex­pected a clas­sic.

And the first 45 min­utes ut­terly lived down to that billing, a nig­gly, at­tri­tional foul fest which brought only four yel­low cards and off the ball in­ci­dents ga­lore.

Luck­ily for Clint Hill, ref Mike Jones missed a naughty-look­ing el­bow to the back of Rob Kier­nan’s head which could eas­ily have left Rangers a man light for 80 min­utes. Like­wise, Gary Cald­well must have feared worse than a yel­low when he pole-axed Ju­nior Hoi­lett.

Jordi Gomez did even­tu­ally test Rob Green with a well-struck half-vol­ley, but it was lit­tle more than a rou­tine save for the exEng­land man.

Talk­ing of for­mer Eng­land keep­ers, Scott Carson had things even eas­ier. Over the course of the 90 min­utes, the Wi­gan stopper barely had to catch a cross while his only real save came from an Ar­mand Traore bob­bler.

For­tune hacked over from eight yards, Em­mer­son Boyce sent a header over. James Perch also failed to con­nect with Jean Beause­jour’s cross, but if this gives the im­pres­sion of Wi­gan dom­i­nance, don’t be fooled.

Rangers’ back four also had the cigars out, with the likes of Richard Dunne and Clint Hill prov­ing just how valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence is on nights like things. Ne­dum On­uoha, too, looked ev­ery inch the Pre­mier League de­fender he once was.

“We did have to de­fend, and the lads did it well,” said Harry Red­knapp. “But I picked an at­tack­ing team. I played with two out-and-out wingers and a striker, Ravel Mor­ri­son, in be­hind.

“Some of my staff and people around the club were ac­tu­ally telling me I should have been a bit more de­fen­sive in a first leg. But I wanted an open-look­ing side.

“It was a match be­tween two evenly bal­anced teams.They’re a good side and they’ll al­ways be a threat on the counter. We beat them at our place but you could tell what a good side they were. I wouldn’t like to pick the favourite.”

STAR MAN NE­DUM ONUOH

A QPR

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