Sheffield Wednesday: Wigan bid to end goal shortage

Wigan's Emmerson Boyce, left, in action in the defeat at Huddersfield
Wigan's Emmerson Boyce, left, in action in the defeat at Huddersfield
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Wigan manager Uwe Rosler is relishing tonight’s game as a chance to show that his team can score away goals.

They lost 1-0 at HUddersfield on Saturday and have failed to net in their last three away games.

The Latics were beaten 3-0 at Doncaster and drew 0-0 at Middlesbrough on their previous two trips.

“It was a missed opportunity (at Huddersfield),” says Rosler.

“I am very happy - or as happy as it’s possible to be when your team has lost.

“I thought against a team that can cause you problems with the way they play, we coped very well under very difficult circumstances.

“We played very well, we dominated the game, created more chances, enjoyed more possession, and restricted them to shots from distance.

“I felt the wrong team won - but if we play like that, more often than not we will win games on the road.

“When we find the momentum in games we need to score goals, and that’s what we’ll aim to do against Sheffield Wednesday.”

Wigan had only one goal to show for first-half dominance in the abandoned game at Hillsborough in December

Stuart Gray said afterwards that he was relieved the Owls were only one down at half time, as they had been bullied and outplayed.

Waterlogging made the Hillsborough pitch unplayable but at Huddersfield the wind was a problem.

Rosler reflects: “We played some very good football in difficult conditions and limited Huddersfield to few opportunities, particularly in the second half.

“Our shape was good and I was delighted with the way in which we attacked the opposition but when you don’t score from those moments, the other side always have a chance.

“Their goal came from a clearance we couldn’t make, and was helped by the wind behind it.”

Wigan have lost only two of their last 13 league and cup games.