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18 August 2014

Uwe Rosler praises summer signings and former Cardiff players Don Cowie and Andrew Taylor ahead of Championship clash.

  • Former Cardiff men Cowie and Taylor adapting well.
  • Boyce back in contention following hip injury.
  • Watch the full interview on Latics Player

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium, Uwe Rosler was focused in his preparations, outlining Latics’ ability to be mentally ready for the game, whilst also praising the impacts of his summer signings and two former Bluebirds Don Cowie and Andrew Taylor.

With preparations time only short, Rosler made it clear that it won’t be an excuse and his players will be using last season’s experiences to spur them on.

“Yesterday the players focused on recuperating from the game at the weekend and today we carried out a short session,” said Rosler.

“I had individual discussions with some players about the game, but now until we kick off it’s about preparing ourselves mentally and making sure everybody is ready physically for a tough game.

“It’s not an optimal couple of games for us with the travelling, but that can’t be used as an excuse.

“We have to get on with it, it’s all about managing the situations and we have the experience after what we went through last season.

“We faced a heavy schedule with a lot of travelling and we coped with it, so we relish these periods of games.”

Latics come up against Cardiff for the second time in just six months, and Rosler said he has a lot of respect for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, believing Cardiff to be a big contender this season.

“Ole Gunnar is a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best this season, not tomorrow of course, but we have a lot of respect for each other.

“He had a tough start to his time at Cardiff, but it shows what a good manager and professional he is because he never lost his belief or his confidence in the way he thinks about football.

“Cardiff recruited very well during the summer and they used the pole position that they are in with regards to attracting players who know the league well.

“Those players will give them a good chance of getting out of this league and I think they will be a force this season.”

In the summer Latics recruited two players from Cardiff City themselves, with Cowie and Taylor arriving at the DW Stadium on free transfers, and so far Rosler has been very impressed.

“In Don and Andrew we have brought in two very experienced players, players who know how to work in this league.

“They have proved themselves as excellent professionals since coming in.  They have both been great influences on the dressing room and they’re setting good examples for our younger players.

“Andrew needs some more playing time because he hasn’t played much since last January, so another three or four games with us will see him back into his usual rhythm.”

On Cowie, Rosler continued:

“Don unfortunately missed time during pre-season, but he’s such a fit lad and he adapted straight away into a midfield position he isn’t used to playing in.

“The way he settled in so quickly despite not playing many pre-season games speaks volumes about Don’s ability.

“I’m very happy with how both players have done so far and they will be going into the game looking to prove a point.”

Another player who could be in contention for the game against Cardiff is Emmerson Boyce, with Rosler going on to explain his absence from Saturday’s game against Charlton Athletic.

“Boycey irritated his hip a little bit, but it was just a minor injury which saw him miss out against Charlton.

“He is in contention for tomorrow and we’ll see how he has prepared.”

You can watch the full interview with Uwe on Latics Player by [clicking here].

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