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15 August 2014

Gaffer previews first away league assignment as Latics travel to Charlton Athletic

  • Rosler says preparations for South London trip have gone well
  • Espinoza, Maloney and Fortune could all return to the starting XI
  • The result is the endgame, not the stats.
Latics boss Uwe Rosler says preparations for Saturday’s clash with Charlton Athletic have gone well ahead of the trip to South London.

Rosler made ten changes for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Burton Albion and he was quick to defend the decision, given what he described as a disrupted pre-season taking its toll on the players during last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Reading.

“We’ve been in a position to train the players who will start against Charlton so I think we’re in good shape,” Rosler explained.

“I think we needed to make changes; after the disrupted pre-season we had four or five players who played on Saturday who had not had enough time to train so I think this week was welcome for them to catch up a little bit and I think everybody is ready to go.”

Despite the disappointment of the defeat at the Pirelli Stadium, Rosler was pleased with striker Marc-Antoine Fortune who scored on his 50th Wigan Athletic appearance.

Equally, the German boss reserved praise for Roger Espinoza and also Shaun Maloney who stepped up his recovery from injury during pre-season.

“In midweek we got a bit of a blow which we didn’t expect but there were positives from last Tuesday as one or two players played very well, Marco for example – you never know, he might start [on Saturday],” he added.

“I was very happy with Shaun Maloney’s first start of the season; after his injury he came through with no problems and I probably could have played him ten minutes longer but I was perhaps on the defensive foot with what had happened to him over the summer.

“Marco and Roger Espinoza were probably the two players who satisfied me most in the game and all three are in contention to start.”

Rosler has set his side the target of achieving at least one win from Saturday’s trip to the Valley and Tuesday’s test at Cardiff City.

And he says he wants his players to focus on managing games, in order to achieve three points regardless of the stats.

“We have two away games and we have to win one away game at least, that’s how we are approaching the next two games,” Rosler continued.

“I know Charlton well from my time in London; at Brentford we played them a few times in League One and also in cup competitions, it’s a nice stadium and it’s a big pitch which will suit us.

“It’s just up to us to manage the game to win; I’m not interested in all the stats being on our side, it’s the end score that is important for us and I think that with the quality we have and the fact everybody is ready to go, we can manage the situation and manage the game to win.”


For more previews ahead of the game visit the links below.

Match Preview - Includes highlights from our last meeting.
Rob Kiernan previews Charlton clash.

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