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Uwe Rosler - Pressure on Queens Park Rangers

10 May 2014

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler believes the pressure is now on QPR after a goalless draw at the DW Stadium in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.

The hosts had marginally the better of an extremely tight match, but Jordi Gomez and in particular Marc-Antoine Fortune could not make the most of good openings.

Wigan now go to Loftus Road, where they have won only once in six visits, for Monday's second leg.

Rosler said: " The pressure's on QPR now.

"We knew it would be a tight game. We're not scoring too many goals at the moment. The positive thing is we got a clean sheet, we controlled the game.

"At times I felt we could have been a little braver in terms of filling the box with more people, having the wing-backs a little bit higher up.

"We had two or three big chances and in games like that, when you play against top teams, there will be not many chances and you have to take them.

"Overall I felt we were very much in control. They came here to get a draw and they got that. I still count our chances as 50-50."

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was keen to stress what an offensive team he had picked, including the likes of Ravel Morrison, Charlie Austin and Junior Hoilett.

But their only real spell of pressure came at the start of the second half, when Armand Traore forced Scott Carson into a good save.

Redknapp said: " I didn't pick a defensive-minded team, I picked a very open team.

"When I picked the team three or four days ago I don't think I had a lot of supporters on my staff. I think they all felt we should be a little bit more defensive minded.

"But, having said that, there were very few chances in the game. I thought we could come here and hit them on the counter-attack with a bit of pace and ability.

"It was an even game, there was nothing in it really."

One thing the game was not short of was tough tackling, and Clint Hill appeared lucky to get away with an early elbow on Rob Kiernan that was missed by almost everybody in the ground.

Rosler said: " I have not seen it, but I got told the player admitted he caught our player."

Hoilett also felt he was elbowed by Gary Caldwell, while James McArthur and Callum McManaman might both have been booked before referee Mike Jones reached for his pocket.

Redknapp said: " I think he was looking to keep all the players on the pitch.

"They're big games in players' careers. There's a tie at Wembley for the winners and there's a chance of getting in the Premier League. There's a lot to play for.

"You expect people to be committed. If they're not going to be committed tonight, they never are."

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