Former manager Paul Jewell drops in at the DW and expects a strong fight from Latics against Arsenal.
Visiting the DW Stadium to promote a keepy ups campaign with one of the FA Cup with Buidweiser's sponsors BEKO, former manager Paul Jewell took some time out to talk about Latics' chances in the semi-final against Arsenal.
With the experience of beating Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final in 2006, Jewell thinks Latics have what it takes to spring another cup upset on the Gunners, praising the work of Uwe Rosler and comparing the team’s fighting spirit to that of his side eight years ago.
“Uwe has done fantastically well since he came in, he's a top quality manager.
“He has managed his squad really well, you just have to look at the fixture list and see not just the amount, but the different types of games his players have had to play in.
“He’s rotated well and the squad is really strong, that’s exactly what’s needed for the play-off push in the Championship.”
“The strong point that stands out to me and the factor Arsenal will have to think about is that this team bounce back stronger than most.
“It’s not been easy at times, and Uwe’s side have dropped behind in games, but they battle and they make sure they get the right results the majority of the time.
“It’s going to be difficult there’s no question about that, Arsenal have got great players on paper, but they’re not going through a great time at the minute.
“Uwe’s side will be full of confidence despite the defeat to Millwall, the main focus is the league of course, but it’s great to have a day out like this and in all honesty the pressure is on Arsenal more than Latics.”
Jewell admitted that Arsenal are favourites to progress into the FA Cup final, but insisted that nobody can discount Latics, as FA Cup holders and in his words ‘unpredictable’.
“The thing with the Club is that nobody can predict what they’ll do.
“You only have to look back to last season and winning the FA Cup, something which everybody had written us off in.
“Nobody can write off the chances of beating Arsenal because this club should never be written off.
“It wasn’t just the final last season, it was the quarter final against Everton and this season’s quarter final against Manchester City, Latics just always defy the odds.”
Sat in the Chairman’s suite at the DW Stadium, Jewell began to reminisce about his time at the Club, and drew comparisons about the atmosphere from back then to now.
“Our big strength and the thing that still sticks out to me is the unity of everybody at the Club.
“I don’t like using that saying ‘tea lady right through to the Chairman’, because it sounds disrespectful, but it really was like that because everyone was part of the team.
“We all won together and we all lost together, everybody felt it no matter what the result was and when you have that unity you can climb mountains.
“It was a wonderful time to be at this club and I get the feeling from just being back here for a short amount of time that it’s like that right now.”
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