Rosler: I feel so em­bar­rassed

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Crocker

UWE ROSLER says he felt em­bar­rassed after watch­ing his Wi­gan side fall to a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat at Bournemouth.

It leaves the Lat­ics three points off the rel­e­ga­tion zone and still await­ing their first away vic­tory, after goals from Yann Ker­mor­gant and Si­mon Fran­cis.

Rosler said:“It’s dis­ap­point­ing we couldn’t break them down, didn’t have the power and belief that we could score goals.

“Over­all, I feel dis­ap­pointed, I feel per­son­ally em­bar­rassed for my chair­man, for our sup­port­ers that we can­not de­liver bet­ter re­sults. We are lack­ing con­fi­dence and lack­ing Cham­pi­onship qual­i­ties.

“Some play­ers strug­gle a lit­tle bit with the ex­pec­ta­tion and the pres­sure that comes with play­ing for Wi­gan Ath­letic.”

Livewire Matt Ritchie pro­vided the as­sist for the first, pick­ing out Ker­mor­gant for a back-post header, be­fore the scorer turned provider in the sec­ond half for full-back Fran­cis to bury.

Rosler added: “I’m not a per­son to shy away from the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“I said that to my play­ers, and in pub­lic I will take the flak. In­ter­nally, there will be some things men­tioned, but I will keep that in­ter­nal. Pub­licly, I will be re­spon­si­ble for the re­sults.

“If peo­ple have a go – and I think there will be a few now – then please have a go at me.

“In­ter­nally, I think we have to men­tion cer­tain things be­cause ob­vi­ously some­thing is wrong when you com­pare us to last year.”

Ker­mor­gant had just seen a curl­ing ef­fort ex­pertly par­ried away by Scott Car­son from inside the box when he broke the dead­lock.

Ritchie switched wings, pop­ping up on the left and dig­ging a cross to the back post which the French­man threw him­self at.

His header nes­tled in the bot­tom far cor­ner.

And it was more of the same after the break.The sec­ond goal came with 20 min­utes to play when Ritchie again caused prob­lems be­fore pass­ing inside.

Ju­nior Stanis­las let the ball run to Ker­mor­gant, who clipped the ball through for Fran­cis.

He slid in a shot at the near post, through Car­son’s legs for just the third goal of his Cher­ries ca­reer.

Un­like re­cent games, Bournemouth saw the game out com­fort­ably to pick up their first win in seven league games.

Cher­ries boss Ed­die Howe was de­lighted with what he saw.

He said: “I’m re­ally happy be­cause I don’t think we should un­der­es­ti­mate beat­ing Wi­gan home or away. It’s a real achieve­ment.

“They’re a for­mer Premier League team, FA Cup win­ners not so long ago and a big scalp. To beat them in the man­ner we did was very pleas­ing.

“Tac­ti­cally the play­ers were ex­cel­lent and I didn’t feel our goal was ever un­der pres­sure.We re­spect Wi­gan and their play­ers but I felt we were com­fort­able.”

Howe re­served spe­cial praise for Ker­mor­gant after his first goal since the open­ing day.

He added:“Yann’s a big player for us.We need him fit, fir­ing and at the top of his game be­cause, if he is, we are a dif­fer­ent side. I’m very pleased he’s got his goal.”

De­spite their poor dis­play, Howe feels Wi­gan will bounce back.“I think they’ll re­cover from this and I think both sides are in a false po­si­tion. Both teams can be in the shake-up,” he added.

ALL OVER: Si­mon Fran­ics scores the sec­ond for Bournemouth

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

cel­e­brates PAT-A-BOY: Yann Ker­mor­gant

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