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8 August 2014

Gaffer says DW Stadium backing will be an advantage as Latics look to be quickest out of the blocks on Saturday.

  • German boss expects tense start
  • Latics need fans to create atmosphere
  • Good start vital in push for promotion to the Premier League

Latics boss Uwe Rosler says home advantage could prove crucial on Saturday afternoon as his side host Reading in the opening game of the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Rosler, who picked out April’s 3-0 win over the Royals as one of the best under his tenure, says the superb support he witnessed last season will be key from the off this around.

“On the first day of the season, I expect two teams who are trying to find their way into the game and hopefully, with our team and the great support we have in our stadium, we’ll find our rhythm quicker than the opposition,” Rosler explained.

“Hopefully we can be creative and score more goals in general than we did last season.

“I think the first game is always a little bit tricky, nobody knows really what to expect, everybody is a little bit tense before everything goes back to normal.

“Pre-season was tough, we went on two training-camps but every player wants to play football and that starts on Saturday.”

Rosler also said that this week’s training has been positive after a solid 1-0 win over SC Paderborn rounded off the pre-season trip to Germany in style.

And the German boss says a big start is important in a marathon season is important if Latics are to achieve promotion to the top-flight.

“We’ve had a good week, we’ve had time to prepare ourselves for Reading and I think we’re ready,” he added.

“We want to be, and we have to be, in and around the top places from the beginning and throughout the whole campaign.

“Nobody can really afford to slip up in periods of the season, it’s very important we have continuity in our play and our performance levels and then we will be there in the end.”

The Royals have added Nottingham Forest pair Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie to their ranks ahead of Saturday’s clash and Rosler says players of Cox and Mackie’s calibre are the nature of this division and his side have to be prepared to deal with that threat.

And he also told Latics Player that he has not yet finished in his pursuit of players before the window ends at the end of the month.

“They’re going for it now in the sense that they look to be adding a couple of players before the game, experienced players at our level,” Rosler continued.

“Like I’ve said before, this season in the Championship a lot of teams have invested heavily - much to my surprise with Financial Fair Play now in place - and a lot of clubs don’t have parachute payments.

“We have to cope with that with our competitors and we’re still in the hunt for one or two additions that will hopefully make us stronger too.”

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