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29 August 2014

Boss looking to build on Blackpool win as Birmingham City visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.

  • Hectic but positive week for Rosler.
  • Gaffer holds admiration for familiar face Clayton Donaldson.
  • Let’s build on performance and result against Blackpool.

Uwe Rosler says he’s looking for his side continue the positives from last weekend’s win over Blackpool as Birmingham City visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The only downside of the win over the Seasiders was perhaps that Latics didn’t win by a bigger margin with Emmerson Boyce, Rob Kiernan, Don Cowie and Callum McManaman all having good chances either side of Oriol Riera’s first goal since signing from Osasuna in the summer.

And Rosler says his side have spent time looking to rectify that issue this week.

“Obviously we worked on finishing this week,” Rosler said. “We worked on how we want to address the game, every game tactically has one or two different things that we are focusing on offensively but in principle we did a lot of things right for the majority of the Blackpool game and I think we want to continue in that way.

“We’re quite optimistic and in good shape coming off the back of two good performances, obviously the last one was rewarded with three good points.

“Hopefully we can make another step to climb up the table.”

Latics edged out the Blues 1-0 just four months ago at St. Andrew’s, though Rosler is expecting a different Birmingham side this time around with 12 players added thus far in the transfer window, though one of those faces is a familiar one to the German manager.

“For financial reasons, they had to change their squad completely but they have some familiar faces like Clayton Donaldson who is a player I signed for Brentford and I’m a big admirer of him,” he added.

“They have a very hard-working team, play a 4-4-2 with two very mobile strikers who will try and go in behind our defence all the time; they’re very quick and that will be a new challenge for our players at the back.

“Apart from that, they’re solid and compact; a typically very well organised Championship team.”

On transfers, Rosler was quite reserved when talking to Latics Player, though he says it’s been a busy week but his full focus is on preparing the team for the Birmingham game.

“It’s been a very hectic week in terms of transfer activity but with the team we’ve had a good week with time to refresh but also time to work on certain things which will be important for the Birmingham game.”

You can watch Uwe's full pre-Birmingham City interview by logging into Latics Player [here], with a short freeview clip available on the official YouTube channel,

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