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17 February 2014

Uwe Rosler expects resilient Barnsley and hopes for big atmosphere.

Ahead of Wigan Athletic’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Barnsley at the DW Stadium on Tuesday 18 February, Uwe Rosler said his Latics side are set to face stiff competition in the form of Wiganer Danny Wilson’s Tykes.

“Since Danny Wilson went back to Barnsley I believe they have turned a corner,” said Rosler.

“They get a lot of draws and are resilient, just like they were at the weekend against Doncaster Rovers with a late equaliser.

“They have become a difficult team to beat, now their aim is to turn draws into wins, so we face stiff competition.”

For Latics the game against Barnsley is one of two games in hand over current sixth place Championship side Reading, and Uwe Rosler insisted there can be no room for mistakes, saying:

“Since I came in we’ve been playing catch up in trying to get into the play-offs.

“The Reading result at the weekend was not a good one for us, but we have to do things on our own and focus on our results.

“There isn’t much room for error and we have to address the Barnsley game with a top attitude and the correct application, we’ll put ourselves in a good position to win if we do those things.”

It’s been over two weeks since Latics’ last home fixture in any competition, with Rosler hoping the support shown at Cardiff City in the FA Cup can be maintained under the lights of the DW Stadium.

“I really hope that our supporters turn up in good numbers because I feel that this is a massive game for us.

“If we get similar support to last Saturday that will help the team massively because our supporters were magnificent especially travelling through the weather conditions we’ve had recently.

“It makes me happy to see people so passionate about our football club and seeing them enjoying our performances is the most important thing.”

A negative coming out of the weekend’s victory was the doubt over Ben Watson who was replaced by Josh McEachran shortly after half time, with Rosler adding:

“There is a big question mark about Ben Watson, the injury to him at the weekend was not optimal and it’s likely that he will miss the Barnsley game.”

He added:

“Because of that change, I got the chance against Cardiff to see more of Josh McEachran under pressure with the game still hanging in the balance.

“He impressed me with his defensive qualities, something which is not his main attribute.

“There is no question whatsoever that his energy levels are up to scratch and will be a very important player no going forward.”

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