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19 August 2014

Midfielder determined to succeed ahead of clash with former club.

• Midfielder looking to bounce back from late Charlton defeat.
• No better place than Cardiff to go and get three points.
• I’m thankful to Cardiff but we have a job to do.

Latics midfielder Don Cowie will go up against his former club Cardiff City just two months after leaving the Welsh club on Tuesday as Uwe Rosler’s side make the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

Cowie, like Latics teammates Andrew Taylor and Leon Barnett, helped the Bluebirds to win promotion to the top-flight in the 2012-13 campaign.

And the 31-year-old says, though he is thankful for the opportunity he had with Cardiff, his focus is solely on picking up three points for Wigan.

“I had three great years there,” Cowie said. “My youngest child was born in Wales so I’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for but I’m in a new chapter of my career now and everything is about Wigan - the rest is in the past.

“I’m sure after the game I’ll have a lot of conversations with my old teammates.”

On what Latics can expect from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Cowie added that he felt their strength in depth makes them a favourite to dominate in this division.

“They’ll be very strong,” he explained. “It helps teams when they come down from the Premier League with the parachute payments and things like that.

“They’ve got a strong squad but these are the tests that we’ve got to face this year and we want to be up there challenging with teams like Cardiff so there’s no better place to go than their stadium and hopefully get something out of the game.”

Cowie made his second Latics appearance in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic as Franck Moussa’s late goal gave the Addicks all three points.

And the Scotland international said the beauty of the Sky Bet Championship is that it gives sides the opportunity to bounce back immediately from defeat.

“I thought we started the game at Charlton very well and we were really disappointed to concede the goal in the manner in which we did,” Cowie continued.

“We responded really well, got the equaliser and then in the second-half it was a typical Championship game with not much in it, very tight and probably a draw would have been a fair result for both sides.

“To lose to a goal in stoppage time was very cruel but such is this league and you’ve just got to get on with it and go again on Tuesday.

“That’s why we love this league because you’ve got so many games that come thick and fast – you’ve just got to put it behind you and look forward.”

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