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4 April 2014

Uwe Rosler wary of the threat Leeds United could pose.

Heading into Latics’ second of four consecutive home games in the Sky Bet Championship, Uwe Rosler insists his Wigan Athletic side will remain focused, especially against a dangerous Leeds United.

Rosler explained:

“We’ve set ourselves a mini target over these three home games in a row, Leeds United and Millwall are coming up and against Leeds we must make sure that we win the game.

“It’s as simple as that, but Leeds are a wounded animal and sometimes they are the most dangerous.

“They have also had things to address off the field, but like I always say, when a team is on a winning run they must lose at some point and when a team is on a run without a win, that too must come to an end at some point too.

“We have to make sure that their run doesn’t end against us and we will take Leeds very seriously because we have already learned lessons this season by losing focus.”

The first of Latics’ four home league games in a row came on Tuesday night against league leaders Leicester City, a game which garnered an impressive performance, but Rosler said draws like the 2-2 acquired at the DW Stadium aren’t what his side are looking for.

“Our tempo and intensity will be exactly the same as produced against Leicester and in that respect we were first class.

“As good as I feel we played against Leicester, we can’t afford to fall into a situation whereby people are patting us on the back for performances instead of results.

“People will point out how well we played against QPR and Leicester, but football is a results based business and we must achieve the right results.”

A notable performance against Leicester, as pin-pointed by Rosler, was that of Stephen Crainey.

Rosler said that with the suspension to Jean Beausejour, the ever-professional Crainey stepped up to left wing back as expected, praising the 32-year-old in the build-up to a game which will see him face his former club.

“Stephen Crainey is one of the best professionals we have in our squad.

“He is an outstanding trainer and he knew that with the fixture schedule we have his chance would come, I was very impressed with him against Leicester.

“Against a top team and a top winger in Anthony Knockaert he did very well and he also attacked well.

“I’m giving him encouragement to get higher up the pitch, he’s a different type of player to Jean Beausejour who is more offensive, but Stevie has got exactly what it takes for us.

“Characters like Stevie are what get you out of this league, he is a patient player and he has stepped up in a crucial period of the season for us.”

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