DW Stadium

Next Game

Wigan v Sheff Wed

Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Elland Road

Last Game

Leeds 0 - 2 Wigan

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Wigan boss targets play-offs

New Wigan manager Uwe Rosler believes his side can reach the Sky Bet Championship play-offs after beating Reading 2-1.

Last Updated: 21/12/13 at 19:11 Post Comment

Uwe Rosler: Eyeing the play-offs

Uwe Rosler: Eyeing the play-offs

A second successive league victory, thanks to two early goals against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, leaves Wigan in 12th place and only six points off the top six.

"Of course, I came here to make that happen but, for the moment, I just focus on the next game," Rosler said.

"We have the possibility, with a good run, to sneak into the play-offs.

"All the teams that I have had always have a strong end to the season. I think that will happen here as well. I'm confident that it is achievable.

"We've started the last few games in similar fashion. Reading had massive problems, lost their confidence and had the crowd on their backs.

"At 2-0 up, we should have had more goals, but we just couldn't keep it up. When you don't kill the game off, then you can always come under pressure yourselves."

Wigan started off at express pace and were 2-0 ahead after only 12 minutes.

For the first goal, James McArthur and James McClean combined for Chris McCann to guide a well-directed 20-yard shot past Reading keeper Alex McCarthy.

It was no more than Wigan deserved after a bright opening.

Two minutes later, they doubled their lead. Home central defender Alex Pearce inexplicably allowed a hopeful punt forward to evade him and Nick Powell nipped in to beat McCarthy from close range.

It was not until just past the half-hour that Reading created their first chance, with Pavel Pogrebnyak forcing a fine save from Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Wigan led comfortably at the interval but Reading had the opportunity to close the gap eight minutes into the second half.

Right-back Chris Gunter was held back by McCann in the Wigan area, for an obvious penalty award, but Billy Sharp blazed his spot-kick high over Al Habsi's crossbar.

Reading persisted and did reduce the deficit in the 68th minute.

Danny Guthrie crossed from the right and Pogrebnyak sent in a looping header that arced over Al Habsi and into the net. It signalled a ferocious late onslaught, in which Reading went close on numerous occasions.

A Guthrie free-kick narrowly missed the target, Pogrebnyak just failed to connect with an Adam Le Fondre cross and Pogrebnyak struck an upright with a fierce, angled drive.

It was Reading's second successive home defeat and they dropped to sixth in the table.

"That poor start cost us dearly," manager Nigel Adkins said.

"We tried to control the game but there was a bit of nervousness. And you just can't legislate for giving away goals like that, they were shocking.

"We changed the shape of the team after half-an-hour and got a lot better. We were on the front foot for most of the second half and showed a lot of character and ability to get back into it.

"We were in the ascendancy but, unfortunately, just ran out of time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Sam Allardyce accuses referee of guessing wrongly over disallowed Alex Song goal

Sam Allarydce criticised referee Neil Swarbrick for disallowing a goal after West Ham were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are showing signs of consistency after West Ham win

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are heading in the right direction after seeing them hold on for a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Premier League: Newcastle overcome Everton 3-2 thanks to Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback

Newcastle overcame Everton 3-2 at St James' Park thanks to goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

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