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21 March 2014

Rotation will continue for Latics as Uwe Rosler sees it as recipe for success.

As Wigan Athletic prepare for their 49th game of the season, Uwe Rosler gave his preview of this weekend’s game against Watford, explaining that the rotation of his squad will continue to ensure energy levels remain as high as possible ahead of what will be another bust fixture period.

Speaking to Latics Player, Rosler said:

“We will have to keep rotating our team, but we’ve got players who are ready to go and it has worked well for us.

“We have to make sure that we’re fielding a team that has the energy to compete.

“Some players are used more than others, but everybody is contributing and that’s the way it has to be if we want to have successful results for the rest of the season.”

Rosler continued, confirming Leon Barnett will not be involved in the game against Watford, but he was extremely positive about new loan signing Jack Collison, a quality addition to the squad:

“Jack trained with the team for the first time on Thursday and I could see straight away how well he can manipulate the ball.

“He sees passes very easily and sharply and his quality came through quite quickly during his first session.

“We’ll have to wait and see whether he will start or not, that depends on tactics as well as his energy levels, but he will definitely start in one of the next two games.”

With Collison set to feature at some point, Rosler said the Club gives the midfielder a perfect opportunity to shine, as it does for every player in the squad.

Rosler added:

“Jack offers a lot of quality, but he hasn’t played a lot recently.

“Improving that only comes from playing competitive football and Jack will definitely get that here because we will give him the platform to do so.

“That opportunity is available for every single player and that’s why I’m confident in my squad, they are a very determined group.”

Expecting a tough test from Giuseppe Sannino’s Hornets, Rosler said his side are determined to see games out, especially after the dramatic 3-3 draw with Yeovil Town on Tuesday:

“Watford are still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs, I’ve watched them a few times live and they are clearly an opposition we will have to give a lot of respect to.

“In this league there are no simple games, Yeovil showed us that on Tuesday night.

“Nobody simply gives up in the Championship and when you don’t kill the game off with a second or third goal then that is when other teams gain the belief that they can still get a result.

“Split seconds of a delay in awareness can cost you in this division and that happened for us against Yeovil.

“We’ve got to be able to kill games off properly like we have been doing recently.

“Tuesday was a difficult result, but we are still unbeaten and we have an excellent position to build on.”

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