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14 January 2014

Uwe Rosler determined to progress for mouth-watering fourth round tie.

Ahead of this evening’s FA Cup third round replay against MK Dons at Stadium MK, Uwe Rosler made it clear how determined his Wigan Athletic side are to progress into the fourth round of the competition.

Frustrated by the 3-3 draw on 4 January at the DW Stadium, Rosler said now is the time to be tough and strong:

“We want to progress of course and I know that the supporters want to go as far as possible in the FA Cup, so we will give it our all to get the win,” said the 45-year-old.

“We made life difficult for ourselves last time and we had a good chance to win the game.

“It wasn’t our best performance and MK Dons did very well for two thirds of the game, but I still think we should have won the game.

“We get another chance now to make sure we progress and we’re going to have to be tough and strong to do so.”

With the chance to face Premier League opposition in Crystal Palace should Latics make it through to the fourth round, Rosler expects his players to showcase their talents this evening, particularly with a number of players unavailable for selection.

“We want to progress and make sure that we’re in this competition because there is a mouth-watering tie against Premier League opposition waiting for us if we win tonight.

“Everyone wants to play from the start for us, sometimes I have to make difficult decisions because we have a lot of quality players.

“The FA Cup is a big chance for players to put themselves forward, much like Roger Espinoza did in the first game against MK Dons.”

On his selection options Rosler added:

“We’re going into the game now with a few players injured and Tyias Browning and Rob Kiernan cup tied, so we’re a bit thin on the ground in that respect.

“There will be one or two surprising selections because of our position, but nothing will change in our attitude.”

One player that the manager does want involved tonight is Ben Watson, a player he holds in very high regard.

“Ben Watson wants to play in this game and will play in this game.

“He is a great example at this football club and he’s a player I hold in very high regard.

“Ben is a player with his best years ahead of him and he’s a tremendous example to young players here.”

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