Uwe Rosler says his players are heading into Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Crystal Palace with a good week of training behind them, and is confident that they can bounce back from defeat last weekend despite some possible absentees.
He said: “Tyias Browning and Rob Kiernan will be unavailable for the game; Tyias has not been given permission to play whereas Rob is cup-tied.
“In addition to that, Nick Powell will not start the game as he only trained with the team on Friday, but maybe he’ll have a similar role as he did for our away game against MK Dons – coming on if necessary.
“He had one or two problems with his ankle and hamstring after the Doncaster game and he’s recovered since, but with not training through the week it means he’s not ready to start Saturday’s game, and it would be a risk with the game against Middlesbrough on Tuesday to think about also.”
It is only the fifth time Latics have faced Premier League opposition in the FA Cup, and whilst Rosler has been impressed with the impact made by Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park this season, he sees the game as an opportunity to continue the club’s defence of the cup, saying:
“I’ve enjoyed training this week, our preparations have been very good and we’ve been able to welcome Josh McEachran into the group from Chelsea.
“We’re looking forward to the game knowing how difficult it’s going to be; Tony Pulis is very good at organising a team, getting players to perform and fight for the cause.
“I’m not surprised that their results have improved since his arrival, but like us he’ll also be looking at his team’s league game on the Tuesday night and no doubt will want to make a few changes.
“For us, it’s an opportunity to progress into the final 16 of the competition we are the holders of, and find a reaction after defeat last weekend against Doncaster Rovers.
“I said to the players after that game that at some point we would suffer defeat, but the manner of the defeat was disappointing and how we bounce back from that will show how far we’ve come during my time here.
“Once again we reiterate that we are the holders of the FA Cup and are extremely proud to be so. Everyone saw how hard we worked to overcome MK Dons in the third round, and my players will give it a right go on Saturday to win the game once more.”