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16 September 2014

Huws ‘touch-and-go’ ahead of Huddersfield clash, with Uwe Rosler expecting a tough test against the Terriers.

  • Emyr Huws to face late fitness test.
  • Uwe – “Chris Powell is a very honest and hard-working manager.”
  • Rosler tips Forshaw to make impact in games to come.

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Uwe Rosler takes his Wigan Athletic side to the John Smith’s Stadium this evening to take on Chris Powell’s Huddersfield Town, a game which he feels the home side will have a new edge to them following the appointment of a ‘top guy’.

“I’m very happy for Chris that he is back in business; he’s a top guy, a very hard working and honest manager,” Rosler said.

“He had success at Charlton and he was hard-done by to lose his job there, but Huddersfield have got themselves a very good manager.

“I know what he stands for and I know how his teams normally set up, but Huddersfield will naturally have a new edge to their game.

“That’s normal when a new manager comes in, the players in general get a lift and they go the extra yard with an extra five percent, which makes them dangerous to come up against.”

With that in mind, Uwe added that his side must focus on what they have been doing well, and that preparations must turn towards the moments in the Blackburn game whereby Latics’ quality showed through.

“We addressed the things we need to do better on after the game at the weekend; the things we need to be doing to be more competitive away from home, but now is the time to focus on the things we have being doing right.

“Going into the Huddersfield game we are looking at how we can affect the game, the way we can impose our style on the 90 minutes.”

Uwe drew major positives from the Blackburn game in that all three of his deadline day signings made their debuts for the club, but Emyr Huws, who made his move to Latics permanent on the same day, was a worry after coming off towards the end of the second half.

“Emyr is touch and go, he didn’t train on Monday, but he’ll be assessed late on to see whether he’s ready for the game.

“If Emyr isn’t available then we have Adam Forshaw who came on for his debut on Saturday and showed the quality he will bring to the team.”

On Forshaw, he continued:

“It’s vital for Adam to get competitive match minutes to bring him up to speed.

“On Saturday you could see after five or six minutes that Adam settled quite well, you could see the potential player he will be for us.

“It’s important to note that the Blackburn game was his first competitive appearance since the beginning of May, so we’re going to have to be a little bit patient with him.

“Adam will need three of four games to grow into this league and into this team, but I’m very confident he will do very well for us.”

On a final point, Rosler added that James McClean could again be in contention for a return from injury, after Saturday came just too early for the Republic of Ireland international.

“It was just a game too early for James McClean. We can’t afford to rush a player back because we have to have the player’s best interests in our minds and that is to make sure James is completely ready to return.

“Again he is in contention to be involved against Huddersfield, and we can all be happy that we have an exciting player like James returning to our squad.”

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