Uwe Rosler says derby win against Bolton has given squad a big lift.
Uwe Rosler believes Sunday’s derby victory over Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium has helped the team turn a corner and boosted their confidence ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Hillsborough.
The gaffer added that the professionalism and dedication of his players and staff is helping the team to pull through the most demanding of fixture schedules.
He said: “The players have recovered well from the game; we have a very good medical and sports science team who have worked tirelessly to help the players get ready for Wednesday night.
“The players themselves have been very professional and are looking forward to another fight.
“After the Maribor game I could sense their confidence had been lifted and the Bolton game brought some added psychological pressure on them, with it being a derby match, with a big crowd and a run of results we had to rectify.
“But we wanted to stop the rot and turn our form around, so the players dug deep and fought hard to claim a difficult win and I praise them for that.”
Regarding preparation time, Rosler admitted that improving the overall fitness of the squad will take time, but that the experience of his players has proved invaluable in coping with the rigours of so many matches in such a short space of time.
He said: “We’ve had little or no time in between games to properly prepare for the immediate fixture schedule in front of us.
“Fortunately I’m working with a collection of intelligent players who have played at the highest level for many different managers and understand how to deal with these pressures.
“They’re taking in the information we’re giving them and gradually, through DVD sessions and using the tactics board, I’m getting my message across to them.
“Fitness-wise it’s a different story. There’s very little we can do between games other than leave some players behind and give them time to recover and prepare for the next match.”
Stuart Gray’s Sheffield Wednesday side are on the back of an impressive 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road at the weekend, and Rosler is fully aware of the threats posed by the Owls, suggesting that they have been unlucky to find themselves in the Championship’s relegation zone after some strong performances:
“Everybody knows Sheffield Wednesday is a massive club with big potential. They have perhaps been underperforming this season, but from what I’ve seen of them their performances have deserved more.
“Recently they’ve been scoring more goals and got a great win against Watford at the weekend to give them a big lift.
“So it’s going to be a hard game for us, one in which we’ll freshen things up a little and make changes. There’s a lot of motivation in the team right now from players who want to impress me and help the team.”