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23 December 2013

Gaffer looking forward to another big atmosphere at the DW Stadium

Uwe Rosler cannot wait for another taste of the DW Stadium when Latics host Birmingham City on Boxing Day in the Sky Bet Championship.

The German was warmly welcomed by supporters on his home debut against Bolton Wanderers, and praised them for helping his side see out a tough game against the Trotters:

“I could not have asked for a better reception for myself, my staff and my players,” said Rosler.

“We got the support we really needed on the day, especially in the dying minutes of the game when the players had to dig deep to get over the line.

“The supporters helped us that day and I really feel there is togetherness here, with the fans appreciating what we’re trying to do on the pitch.”

Boxing Day of course means fancy dress at Latics, and whilst Rosler is considering getting into the spirit of things at the DW Stadium, says it is the role of his players to inspire an atmosphere as much as it the role of the fans to help them over the line, saying:

“I have bought my costume for the day, so you’ll have to wait and see what it is!

“That element of the day should help towards a great atmosphere, but I believe that the players have to initiate that feeling by the way we start the game.

“It’s up to us to entertain the fans and make sure that everyone who watches us knows we want to win the game, which is important.

“After that the atmosphere will continue to grow in the stands and when we need them most, like in the closing stages of our recent games, I know they will be there for us.

“In all three games, including Sheffield Wednesday, we’ve started very well, pressed high up the pitch and scored goals, looking as though we’re going to score more.

“The next step is maintaining that intensity over the 90 minutes, but the way we are seeing out games at the moment has taken real character and desire which I can’t ask the players for any more of.

“Against Reading we paid a heavy price for victory, but it means the rest of the squad will have to step up and be counted for, because we will have absentees over the next few games as a result of injuries.

“Ben (Watson) picked up his fifth yellow card against Reading so he will be missing, and he will be a big loss for us.

“He’s a player I really like for his professionalism and ability to dictate games. He is a big part of my plans at Wigan Athletic, so much so that we’re hoping to open up discussions shortly over a new contract for him.”

Finally, Rosler assessed the threats posed by Latics’ opponents this week, Birmingham City, saying:

“This is going to be a tough game against a team who are unbeaten in their last seven games and are difficult to break down.

“Lee Clark has a young team, full of energy and high on motivation which can cause any opposition problems.

“We’ve identified their strengths, but the way we want to play will hopefully push them back into their own half and limit their attacking opportunities.”

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