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UWE ROSLER’S MIDWEEK THOUGHTS

21 January 2014

Uwe Rosler updates us on injuries, signings settling in and his plans for the build-up to Crystal Palace.

Speaking at Wigan Athletic’s Christopher Park training ground, Uwe Rosler took time to share his thoughts on preparations so far ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie with Crystal Palace and on the back of last weekend’s Championship defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Rosler said:

“Today’s session was very good, everyone was lively just how I want my players to be.

“Yesterday we came in to recuperate the bodies, but today we had a full training day and I’m very happy with what I’ve seen.

“We’ve spoken about how we’re going to engage the game on Saturday, but first we had to get to the bottom of the defeat against Doncaster and internally analyse the game in a professional way.

“We accomplished that and now we move on, we can’t change the result, we can only influence our future results.”

Latics will have just their second full week of preparation for a game since Rosler took charge as manager, something which pleases the gaffer:

“Having the chance to prepare with a full week of training makes things easier and we showed that in the week running up to the Bournemouth win.

“We can work on tactical and physical aspects of our performances in more detail which will help us to reach another level.

“When you are playing and resting, playing and resting, you can only maintain your level, but when there is the chance to work for a longer period and that bar can be raised.”

A number of players haven’t been involved with first team training due to injury and Rosler added:

“Shaun Maloney has gone back to the USA for his last check up, so hopefully everything will go to plan over there after his rehabilitation here.

“We haven’t had any bad report back from Shaun, but it will still be a while before he plays for the team.”

On other injuries he continued:

“Gary Caldwell is not training with the team at the moment because of injury, but Ivan Ramis is making big improvements.

“Thomas Rogne is back on the grass now individually so he’s getting close to returning to the main group.”

Nicky Maynard made his Latics debut on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers, and Rosler claimed he is happy with the way the Cardiff City loanee has settled at the club, along with Everton loanee Tyias Browning.

“The two loan signings we have made are different from each other because Tyias’ situation is different.

“He’s here to give us cover in defence and get valuable playing time for his experience and development.

“Tyias saw on Saturday that the Championship is a pretty tough league and he’s learning every day.”

Speaking highly of Maynard Rosler added:

“I said before he walked in that we have to give him time, I gave him the chance at the weekend because he was training really well.

“It’s just a matter of time before he shows the consistency that we see on the training ground in match situations and over big periods of the game.

“His movement is first class and as a team we have to provide him with better service.

“Normally we do provide that service, but against Doncaster I would say that it was a one off.”

On the potential of any more new faces following Browning and Maynard into the club the 45-year-old finished by saying:

“I’m hoping to add a couple of players before the end of the transfer window, but I would prefer to do any business sooner rather than later.”

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