Uwe Rosler previews Wigan Athletic’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Blackpool.
- Latics making massive improvements.
- We must give supporters something to shout about.
- Blackpool will have ‘us against the world’ mentality.
Speaking ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash with Blackpool at the DW Stadium on Saturday 23 August, Latics boss Uwe Rosler said his side must be wary of the Tangerines, but insists his own side are making significant improvements game-on-game.
“We’ve looked at the stats from the Cardiff game and in fitness terms and general play we are hitting top numbers.
“We’re making massive improvements from the Reading game and the Charlton game.
“With that in mind I’m very positive going into the Blackpool game, especially if we can reproduce those numbers in terms of pass completion and possession in key areas.
“Our final third entrants were very good and if we can keep those levels up then we’ll be okay against Blackpool.”
Rosler continued by saying that despite the team’s improvements, there is now only one thing on the players’ minds.
“We’ve had improvement in each game, but it’s important to build our confidence and to do that we need to win football games.
“The boys know what they have to do and they have the fitness in the tank to go all out for 90 minutes, they did it at Cardiff and they’ll do it again against Blackpool.”
Blackpool’s tough start to the season has them sitting bottom of the Championship after three games, but Rosler said Latics and every other team in the division must be wary of the togetherness the Tangerines possess.
“A situation like Blackpool are in is difficult for the manager, the players and the fans, but it will create the feeling of ‘us against the world’.
“Blackpool seem to have a good spirit in the camp from what we have seen watching their games, they push for 90 minutes and we should never underestimate them, or any other opponent in the Championship for that matter.”
Latics are returning to the DW Stadium after two long away trips, which have seen supporters travel to London and Cardiff in the space of just four days, something Rosler and his team are looking to repay them for.
“It’s completely up to us to create the right environment for the supporters, so to speak, the fire must spread from what we do on pitch.
“We must get the crowd going with the way we play; the Charlton game was difficult for all of the fans who travelled because we lost it late in dramatic circumstances, but I think those who were at the Cardiff game would have been much happier with our performance.
“It’s a local derby, we want the three points and we want to give our supporters something to shout about.”
On the team news front, Shaun Maloney sat out Tuesday’s game at Cardiff with an ear infection, but it is yet to be known whether or not he’ll feature against Blackpool.
Rosler also revealed news on the longer term injury of James McClean.
“Shaun Maloney missed out on Tuesday with an ear infection, we’ll have to see how he is ahead of this one and Emmerson Boyce came back into the team and put in a very good performance.
“James McClean is one of three longer terms absentees along with Ben (Watson) and Chris (McCann), he’s working hard to recover, but he hasn’t trained with the group yet.
“James is a player who would relish a role in the games we have played so far, we’re missing him with his pace and direct style, but he can’t be rushed back.
“He’s the type of player who always wants to be one step ahead, he’s determined to get back, but we cannot push him too hard.”
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