With preparations complete ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Uwe Rosler believes the game signifies the start of a very important two months in the season.
In his pre-match press conference he said:
“I’ve always said that March and April will be the biggest two months in the season, they’ll be the two months when we see which teams will be in with a chance for the prizes.
“Every game is a big one from now on. Nottingham Forest away is as big for us as Reading, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday were , we have no fear, but we have a lot of respect going into this match.
“We know we can win the game, but we have to perform to our best and give the maximum effort.”
With focus very much on each game at a time, Rosler added:
“I think there is a lot of focus from the outside on this particular game, but I don’t think where we are right at this moment is particularly a reflection of where we will be.
“There are a lot of games left in this season, a lot of games that can be won, but equally lost, we have to make sure we have a lot of good weeks and no bad weeks.
“We have to address every game without focussing on what the table looks like now, we want to be there at the beginning of May, and I believe we can be.”
Rosler’s Latics have had a full week to prepare for the Forest game, and he believes another full week next week will be crucial in building up to a very busy period for the Club.
“It’s an easier process picking the team for the next two games because we have a lot of preparation time to work on things and to rest players.
“Our next week with two games could be vital for us because after the Manchester City game it’s pretty much non-stop.
“In certain positions we have a lot of cover and a lot of competition, in others we have no cover, but overall I’m happy with the squad.”
Over 1,000 supporters will be travelling to the game at the City Ground, and Rosler was quick to praise their efforts in what he says can be a struggle financially.
“When I was a player and we played away from home, warming up, walking out and playing in front of a strong support always gave me a lift.
“It’s brilliant that our supporters are coming in their numbers again and I’d like to thank them for spending their time on us and also their money because it’s not easy financially for them, especially with the amount of games we’ve had this season.
“They love this football club and they have definitely been helping us get results, we just hope we can keep delivering the positive experiences and results that we have been lately away from home.”