Gaffer looking to last season’s win over the Rams to provide catalyst.
- We’ve watched back the things we did well at the iPro Stadium last season.
- Their game against Millwall showed we can cause them problems.
- The positive in our current situation is the supporters.
Latics boss Uwe Rosler believes his side can cause Sky Bet Championship leaders Derby County problems at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.
The Rams haven’t conceded in six consecutive league games and they’re on a 12-game unbeaten run as they look to bounce back from last season’s Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship heartbreak.
But Rosler feels, having seen Steve McClaren’s side’s 0-0 draw with Millwall, his players can get a positive result at the weekend, especially given their underdog status.
“It’s not the worst place for us to go at the moment because I think a lot of people will not give us a big chance there,” Rosler explained.
“I see opportunities having seen their Millwall game where they drew 0-0 and Millwall did a good job on them.
“The pressure has stopped us playing with the freedom a little bit in recent games in front of our own supporters but now we’re away and against a top team in the division, a lot of people won’t fancy us at all.
“That situation gives us opportunities and we have to be brave enough to expose those opportunities.”
Last season, Latics ran out 1-0 winners at the iPro Stadium, Jean Beausejour’s thunderbolt proving the difference between the two sides.
And Rosler’s has drawn aspects from that performance to have a good influence on his current crop.
“This morning, I showed the lads 85 minutes of how we played against them last season and we know we can cause them problems,” he added.
“In many ways that [Derby away on New Years’ Day] was an outstanding performance; I watched it yesterday and I watched it today with all of the players, it was a terrific performance and there are still a lot of players here this morning that played on that day.”
Despite being on an eight-game winless run, Rosler added that the support he and the players have received has been one of the only positives of the last month or so.
“I’ve always said the good thing about our current situation is our support from both our home and away supporters,” Rosler continued.
“I think we need that in our situation because it will always help when you go out over the white line at Derby and you know you are not alone.
“That will give the players the encouragement to deliver a good performance.”