What a difference a week makes for Uwe Rosler and Wigan Athletic, confidence was at an all-time low as the Latics headed to the midlands to face top of the league Derby. Many expected the worst and that was compounded after the team was news was announced with up to five changes from the drab 0-0 draw with Millwall.
Social media was awash with calls for Uwe Rosler to be fired, those same calls weren’t there at full time as Uwe and his under pressure side produced a display reminiscent to the best of what we saw last season. The fact that Latics scored twice against a side that hadn’t conceded in six games prior to last Saturday’s game and ended an unbeaten run that had stretched from the middle of August shouldn’t be dismissed.
When a performance was needed the lads dug in and produced it in fantastic style as super sub James McClean made it clear to the manager why he believed he should have started.
Some people would say that Rosler would have been sacked if we hadn’t won on Saturday but then you have to look at the investment provided in this side and in Uwe Rosler by the club and in particular the amount of young talent brought through. The club backed Rosler in the summer and they will give as much time as possible to ensure it works they won’t be rushed in to a decision the likes of that could alter the whole course of the club for years to come.
Uwe has probably bought some time from the supporters with the victory over Derby, it was similar in style to the smash and grab wins away from home over Ipswich and Brighton last year. The key for everyone now is to build on this and to make sure it wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
The next three games are against sides below us in the table, culminating in the local derby with them from over the hill. What an opportunity to start climbing that table and building some momentum.
Let’s hope the lads grasp that opportunity with both hands.