Norwegian defender talks about his natural thirst for victory and Latics’ heavy fixture list.
Thomas Rogne made his debut in Wigan Athletic’s last league game against Nottingham Forest and it was a winning birth for the man who had only previously played 26 minutes for the club after a pre-season injury against Dundee United.
The winning start for the 23-year-old only added to his instinct for victory, Rogne explains:
“I’m really excited for this upcoming run of games because once I got that game under my belt against Nottingham Forest, all I wanted to do was play again.
“Winning games is always good for confidence and if we can start our next sequence of games with a win on Saturday then we’ll be putting ourselves into a good position.
“Any game that we win is brilliant, whether that’s a reserve game or a first team game.
“Even when we’re training I’m always looking to compete to my best and come out on top.
“That’s not just my nature, that’s the nature of everyone in the squad which is very important.”
Despite not having a first team game for two weeks, Rogne says the squad are still fighting fit and ready to go for Saturday’s game against Leicester City.
“A little bit of time off has been good because we’ve got a very hectic schedule coming up with a lot of games.
“It’s been a chance to relax mentally in order to prepare to carry on working hard over the rest of the season.
“We’ve been hard at it this week and we’re really looking forward to the game on Saturday against Leicester.
“I wouldn’t have minded having a game straight away after the Forest one, but we have to use this international break as a positive and get some freshness into the squad.”
Rogne went on to draw up a comparison between Latics’ last opponents Forest and their local rivals Leicester.
“Leicester are similar to Forest in that they’re both top sides in this division who both want to be up there towards the end of the season.
“They’ve got a good squad with experienced players for this division and it’s going to be a tough game for us.
“It’s these types of games we look forward to and in the Championship every game is like that, you know you’re going to be tested every time you take to the pitch.”
With five games in the space of two weeks coming up, the Norwegian defender insisted the team have to look only at the game directly in front of them in order not to slip up during a vital period of the season.
“If we look beyond Leicester then we’ll get hurt and there can only be focus on that game, even with the big occasion of our first ever European game coming up.
“We do need to take each game as they come because there’s no point looking too far ahead of ourselves.
“Once we’ve played on Saturday then we’ll focus on the Europa League and make sure that we go out and make that memorable because we want to compete in that competition just as seriously.”
Latics will fight on three fronts over the next fortnight in the Championship, Europa League and League Cup, an exciting time ahead says Rogne:
“It’s great because we’ll all be out there doing what we love just playing game-after-game and hopefully we can give the supporters something to be proud of.
“When periods of games come along like this they switch you on and all you can think about are the matches.
“Moments like this are what I play football for, to play in front of our crowd and to achieve things for the club on a regular basis.”