Gaffer gives his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s test against the Cherries
Uwe Rosler is expecting a tough task this weekend when his team take on Bournemouth at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, but says that victory depends on what his players can do rather than the threats of Eddie Howe’s side.
He said: “Bournemouth’s team is very established; they have played with one another for over a year and a half now under Eddie Howe.
“They are a good footballing side who are dangerous on the counter-attack and get plenty of bodies behind the ball in defence, so we can’t afford to take them lightly.
“But I’ve always said that the game is dependent upon and what we do with the quality of players we have.
“The main focus of our play will to be attacking as always and have plenty of hunger and desire in our play. But we can’t leave ourselves as open at the back as we did against MK Dons last weekend.”
Bournemouth have had no games since January 1 after their FA Cup third round tie with Burton Albion was called off last weekend, whilst Latics have had a full week of preparation for the game for the first time since Rosler was appointed. The German says the additional time on the training pitch has helped his group and that his options are growing by the week:
“It’s been good to have a full week of preparation for the first time since I arrived, and due to the amount of games we’ve played over the past month, recovery has been a big part of the last six days.
“As a group we are well prepared as a result; we still have some injuries but we’re getting to a position where we will have more players to select from and hopefully we’ll be bringing in some new additions over the coming weeks.”