Fulham programme notes: Another big challenge we all need to rise to.Catch a glimpse of Latics manager Uwe Rosler’s Official Matchday Programme notes ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at home to Fulham at the DW Stadium.
Last week’s win at Derby was a big lift to everyone associated with the club.
We had to recover from the disappointment of going a goal behind just before the break having failed to score the penalty but we reminded the players at half-time that if they kept doing the good things they had been, then the chances would come.
I said on the day it the best away league performance in my time at the club and I hold to that, especially against the top team in the division at what is one of the most intimidating grounds to play at.
LET’S KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM
Today is about keeping that good feeling as we enter into one of the most challenging weeks of the season, when we play three big league matches in six days, including one of the longest journeys of the season to Brighton on Tuesday and having to recover in time for the local derby against Bolton next Friday.
WE NEED TO PERFORM AGAINST FULHAM
Part one comes in the shape of Fulham, who for me are still one of the favourites to go back up to the Premier League but like we showed last week, the bigger the task, the more we rise to the challenge.
Our players need to reach back up to the levels that our supporters expect here at the DW, and have unfortunately seen only in patches this season. So today is about taking the initiative and trying to be the dominant force at home.
We need to keep that defensive solidity we have built and have to keep being ruthless when the chances come along and like we did at Derby, of having that edge in the final 20 metres of the pitch to convert opportunities into goals.
COMPETITION IN THE SQUAD IS BECOMING FIERCE
The competition for places needs to be channelled in the right way by each player by embracing the principle of competition for places: push yourself to the limit to retain your place in the team or to be ready for selection when called upon.
BE IN GOOD VOICE FOR THE TEAM
Our support was fantastic at Derby, as it has been all season. I am sure there will be a good atmosphere before the game coming from the stands and it is the players’ responsibility to start the game positively and keep that energy going on the pitch, which will then transmit back to the stands.