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12 March 2014

Uwe Rosler discusses team news and expects reaction from Sheffield Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, Uwe Rosler said he’s ready for a reaction from Stuart Gray’s side after their first away defeat since November last weekend against Yeovil Town.

Knowing the Owls’ boss well, Rosler said:

“The way I know Stuart, he’ll make sure that his players show a reaction and that’s something we’ll have to cope with when the time comes.

“They are a team who have only lost one game in nine away from home and that was at the weekend against Yeovil Town.

“Sheffield Wednesday will come here hoping to make sure they get back onto an unbeaten run on the road, but it’s up to us to make sure we can maintain our home form which has seen us undefeated in eight.”

Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium tonight for only their second home game in the last eight fixtures, and Rosler said despite a positive run away from home, he’s only focussing on what lies ahead.

“There have been a lot of away games and we’ve done very well, but Sheffield Wednesday are completely different.

“This game will have a different style, we’ll have to compete a lot and bring our qualities into play.

“I’m not the kind of person to look back over results, no matter how good they have been, because I’m always looking forwards.”

Rosler continued:

“You could ask me about the previous games and I couldn’t tell you every detail, but you can ask me everything about Sheffield Wednesday because that is what I can answer.

“They know all about us and we know all about them because we only met a month ago, but I don’t know whether we can call it an advantage or a disadvantage.

“All we know is that we’ll have to put in the same standard of performance we have been producing over the last month and then we will be in a good position.”

Yesterday Latics were dealt another cruel, long-term injury blow when the news of Chris McCann’s situation was revealed.

“It’s safe to assume there will be changes for the game,” admitted Rosler.

“The sad news is that Chris McCann’s injury is worse than expected, he had to come off against Manchester City at half time and he has suffered a multiple fracture of the right patella.

“We always seem to do it the hard way, first we lost Ben Watson and now we’ve lost Chris.

“Both of them have been influential players and have been regulars in the first team since I came in as manager.

“It’s another blow and I feel sorry for Chris because he’s been working so hard, we wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully we can get some positive feedback.”

Uwe's pre-match interview is available to watch on Latics Player by [clicking here] and you can also watch a clip on YouTube as he talks about Chris McCann's injury by [clicking here].

You can still make it to tonight's game against Sheffield Wednesday, with tickets available to buy right up until kick off from the DW Stadium ticket office. Please [click here] for more information.

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