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7 February 2014

Uwe Rosler happy with preparation time and respects large travelling support.

Ahead of Wigan Athletic’s trip to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship, Uwe Rosler took time to praise the expected 1,500 travelling supporters and believes that they can play a big role in tomorrow’s match.

“We need the strong support and we enjoy it when the fans come and back us in numbers,” said Rosler.

“I enjoy going to Huddersfield’s stadium because there is a unique feeling about it and it’s different to everywhere else in the league, but when we have a big following behind us like we will, it makes it even more enjoyable to go there.

“I’ve always noticed in the past that when Wigan Athletic travel with large numbers they are very good and I call them hardcore fans. 

“They take a lot of time out to follow us and also spend a lot of money to travel across the country, whether we’re playing on Tuesday nights or Saturday afternoons and I have the utmost respect for them doing so.”

After a full week of preparation for the game, Rosler was in a buoyant mood and says he understands supporters’ expectancy to see a good performance.

“We want to make sure that they are cheering us on alongside a good performance.

“Our supporters expect us to play well and perform, so we know that’s what we’ve got to do.”

He continued:

“We’ve had a good week and every player has been given what they needed.

“Some players have focussed more on recovery and others on more training, so we’ve catered to their needs.

“Having a full week to prepare is how it should be and I’ve always enjoyed working everyday towards the target of being decisive when it’s time for a match.

“The players have been enjoying the preparation time and I think we’re well prepared to face a team that we know can play very well.”

Latics’ two latest signings have also been getting down to business this week, but Rosler only expects on of them to be involved against Huddersfield, confirming:

“Out of our new players, Martyn Waghorn will be involved in the squad, unfortunately Markus Holgersson has got a virus and has been resting for two days this week, so we’ll have to evaluate him tomorrow.

“Martyn has trained excellently and we can already see his quality and what he can bring to the team.”

Despite the Terriers suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat in their local derby against Leeds United last weekend, Rosler said Latics have been looking beyond the score line.

“We’re not too drawn in by Huddersfield’s result against Leeds United last weekend because when you study the game Mark Robins’ side had a lot of chances and could have been 3-0 up before Leeds got their first goal.

“Huddersfield are a good footballing side and they’ve got all of their injured players back on board, so it’s difficult to tell who will play upfront alongside Nahki Wells and defensively they have a few options as well.

“Ultimately it is about us and we have to focus on ourselves.

“I always tell my players to be confident but not arrogant and make sure that they play our way of football.”

You can still join the travelling support expected at the John Smith’s Stadium, with cash turnstiles available at the ground on match day, as well as a card payment option at the John Smith’s Stadium ticket office.

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