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25 March 2014

QPR will be just as tough as everyone else says Uwe Rosler ahead Latics’ trip to Loftus Road.

It’s fourth versus fifth in the Sky Bet Championship this evening at Loftus Road, as Wigan Athletic travel to Queens Park Rangers looking to extend their 10 game unbeaten run in all competitions.

The past month and a half has seen Uwe Rosler’s Latics win all six of their away games, including victories over Premier League opposition in the fifth round and quarter final of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

With the prospect of fellow promotion chasers QPR in front of his side, Rosler said he considers it one of many big games to come before the end of the season.

“It’s no tougher than any of the games we’ve faced in the last month,” said Rosler.

“QPR are a big favourite in our league, but we’ve made up a lot of ground on them in the last two and a half months and now we are in a position where we can catch them.

“For me, this game is no bigger than the game against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

“The weekend’s game against Bolton is one which the players need no extra motivation for, they know how important it is to our supporters, but first we focus on QPR and making sure we get things right tonight.”

Injuries to key players saw Latics make changes at the weekend against Watford, and Rosler expects to bring in fresh faces again against Harry Redknapp’s Rs this evening.

“We’ve got two big games away from home and I have to make sure I have every player fresh and ready to go for both games.

“It will be difficult but we have a good squad of players, we will bring in some fresh legs and hopefully we can perform again as we did on Saturday against Watford.

“There are one or two players who still need to be assessed for small injuries, which will tell us if they are capable of starting or not.”

One man Rosler was quick to confirm in his starting XI was Rob Kiernan, one of two new inclusions in Saturday’s game who made an impression.

“Rob is a player I’ve always trusted and I’ve always believed he can be important for us.

“The injury to Leon Barnett was an opening for him and he used it with a very good performance.

“He will start against QPR and hopefully this time he will last 90 minutes because I don’t want to have to make substitutions at the back when it is not necessary.”

On loan West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison made his debut in Latics last game, and Rosler expects more to come following the Welsh international 30 minutes against Watford.

“Jack is a Premier League player who hasn’t played much football lately, but 30 minutes was exactly what he needed on Saturday to help himself get up to speed.

“It might take him a couple of games to get up to match sharpness, but in general his fitness is very good and he will be a big player for us going into the end of the season.”

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