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ROSLER – “NOW THE SQUAD COMES INTO PLAY”

3 November 2014

Boss set to shuffle his pack for Brighton clash.

  • Sussex trip our second game in four days
  • Local derby with Bolton on Friday means squad will be utilised
  • McCann or Watson could be in the squad

Latics manager Uwe Rosler expects to make changes and use his squad for Tuesday night’s clash at struggling Brighton & Hove Albion.

Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls are without a win in 12 Sky Bet Championship games and they could slip into the relegation zone should they fail to win for a 13th consecutive match.

And Rosler, who led his side to a first away win of the campaign at Derby County before watching a 3-3 draw with in-form Fulham at the weekend, says he expects to utilise the numbers in his group for the long trip south, especially given that a local derby at Bolton awaits on Friday.

“Now the squad comes into play,” Rosler said. “I felt, despite a lot of strong performances [against Derby and Fulham], there were one or two not so strong performances and we have to bring the squad into play in terms of having three games in six days.

“Add to that the fact that the long trip to Brighton, I will probably leave one or two players at home to keep them fresh for Friday against Bolton.

“We have two games in a short space of time so players who have not played or started as many games as they would like will have the chance to make a big impression.”

Long-term absentees Chris McCann and Ben Watson have both played two development squad games in recent weeks and Rosler indicated one of the pair may make his 18-man squad in the next two fixtures.

“I wouldn’t say Ben or Chris will start but one of them may make the bench and hopefully we’ll have the chance to give that player the experience of competitive football.”

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