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14 February 2014

Uwe Rosler excited for FA Cup test against another Premier League side.

“From my point of view there is no pressure on us, we go there and we can measure ourselves against a Premier League side,” said Uwe Rosler ahead of Wigan Athletic’s trip to Cardiff City in the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round tie at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“We will enjoy this game as the games start come thick and fast and continue to get bigger and bigger.

“We worked very hard to get to play Cardiff who are in a situation like us where they have a very big game next week in their division.

“I’ve told my players that since we’ve started to work together we are more or less in promotion form and teams that are in that sort of form can normally compete well with a team that is in the lower part of the Premier League.”

Rosler continued, saying he expects changes in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Cardiff side, but would also be forced to make his own changes due to squad restrictions.

“Cardiff will make changes and we will make changes, we both have to make changes for different reasons.

“We have to make changes because on the non-availability of certain players, such as Rob Kiernan who is cup tied and Nicky Maynard who is ineligible to play against his parent club.  

“Also James McArthur is sick and will not travel with us but like I’ve said before we have a side that can compete against a Cardiff side who have invested in around seven or eight players in January.”

With changes afoot, one man has remained a constant in the starting XI so far this season.

Leon Barnett has missed just one of Latics’ 40 games so far this season and Rosler was quick to compliment his central defender.

“I think he’s a very genetically gifted person, he’s a very experienced pro, he knows the match programme and he’s playing in a position where perhaps you don’t need to run so much like a midfielder or an attacker.

“Leon has been fantastic for me and for this football club since he joined and I think he has a big future under me and I hope he will have a good game.”

With eyes set on tomorrow’s game, Uwe quickly reflected on the work of his team leading up to the fifth round by saying:

“We did it the hard way against MK Dons and that probably cost us the game against Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.

“We had a very good performance against an in form Crystal Palace in the last round.

“Everybody could see we were strong worthy winners, we weren’t lucky and we won on merit.

“Even though we are away from home this time, I see us as equals on Saturday and the game could go either way.

“I love this competition and we want to get as far as we can in it.”

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