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Rosler bemoans finishing touch

Uwe Rosler bemoaned Wigan's lack of a "killer instinct" in front of goal after watching them draw 0-0 with QPR in the play-off semi-final first leg.

The home side certainly had the majority of possession - if not the best chances - but will go into the second leg at Loftus Road with nothing to show for their efforts aside from a hard-earned clean sheet.

Jordi Gomez and Marc-Antoine Fortune had the best opportunities for the Latics, but Robert Green and the lack of a finishing touch prevented Wigan from breaking the deadlock.

Asked if he regarded the draw as a fair result, Rosler told Sky Sports 1: "No, not really.

"When you see how much we had of the ball, how many good crosses we put in, and we had two really big chances.

"I think we're still in the tie, but it would've been nice to win the game.

"At the moment we're not scoring too many goals. It will be interesting (the second leg)."

The two games between the sides during the regular season saw just one goal scored, typifying just how close the two sides are in terms of quality.

Plenty of the pre-match discussion surrounded whether either side would utilise a more defensive approach, and Rosler himself admitted that he had expected just that.

"I knew it would be a tight game, I said it from day one.

"The boys put a lot of effort in. At times maybe we needed to take a little bit more chances, maybe the wing-backs at times needed to go a little more high up, but overall I think they did very well in many aspects."

The German was forthright in his beliefs as to where Wigan's deficiencies were, pinpointing a lack of a goalscoring touch as the reason behind the stalemate.

"We lacked a killer instinct in the box, especially when the crosses came in.

"We had a lot of corners so there was a lot of momentum for us, but we couldn't convert it into goals.

"The best chance was Jordi Gomez in the first half. He was completely alone against the keeper after a very good attack.

"At times there's a lot of mistakes, and the players were a little cautious at times, but overall I'm not disappointed at all."

A hard-fought first half saw three bookings, all in quick succession, and there was an early tussle between Rangers defender Clint Hill and Wigan's Rob Kiernan, who appeared to have been hit by a stray elbow from a Wigan corner.

Asked on the subject, Rosler revealed that he had not seen the incident, but said: "I've not seen it. Overall I think the referee did very well. I wish the fourth official had done as good as him."