Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Cardiff

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Ewood Park

Last Game

Blackburn 2 - 3 Derby

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Rosler hails tactical switch

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler admitted he put substance before style to end Derby's nine-game unbeaten run at the iPro Stadium.

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 20:45 Post Comment

Uwe Rosler: Thumbs up for another good result

Uwe Rosler: Thumbs up for another good result

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

A superb second-half strike from Chile international Jean Beausejour was enough to give Wigan a 1-0 victory which takes them to three points off the top six

Derby failed to score for the first time since Steve McClaren became head coach at the end of September.

Wigan had the best of the first half without taking several good openings but all that changed in the 68th minute when Beausejour exchanged passes with substitute Callum McManaman before sending a left-footed shot past Lee Grant from the edge of the box.

Derby created little until the last 15 minutes when first Simon Dawkins took an extra touch in front of a gaping goal before having a shot deflected wide and then top scorer Chris Martin failed to turn in an Andre Wisdom cross in the 85th minute.

But Wigan were good value for a victory that avenges the 3-1 home defeat to Derby in December and Rosler revealed: "We had a gameplan and played differently than they expected us to.

"We decided not to play our passing game and wanted to have a high line and I think it worked very well. We had more attempts on goal and the better chances in the first half.

"In the second half, the longer the game went we got pushed back and didn't threaten as much which is why I made some changes.

"The substitution played a part in the goal and it was great individual skill from Beausejour. He's a player we can use in all positions on the left-hand side and he showed today why he is probably going to the World Cup.

"What I didn't like so much was the last 10 minutes when we allowed them to run with the ball and they had two massive chances.

"Overall, they had more possession but we had more attempts on target and I think we deserved to win the game."

McClaren was philosophical after he tasted defeat for only the second time since he took charge.

"We were done by a sucker punch and Wigan came to stop us playing and frustrate us," he said.

"It was going to be one of those games and I said at half-time it would be won or lost on a set play. Wigan will say they did a great job on Derby and we have to make sure we pay greater attention to details.

"But at the end of the day, we've had good fortune over the recent months and won games when maybe we could have drawn or lost so I've got no complaints.

"We didn't do enough to win this game, although I didn't think we deserved to lose it and it's a harsh lesson."

The consolation for McClaren is that Manchester United have extended the loan on defender Michael Keane until the end of January and he is also hoping to sign Dawkins on a permanent deal from Spurs this month.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Queens Park Rangers draw 2-2 with Stoke at Loftus Road

Niko Kranjcar’s late free-kick secured QPR a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke to spoil Mark Hughes’ return to Loftus Road.

Premier League: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wary over a lack of European football

Louis Van Gaal believes a lack of Champions League football this season could damage Manchester United’s title hopes.

Premier League: Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini not concerned by Yaya Toure's form

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns over the form or commitment of midfielder Yaya Toure.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property