Ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic at the Reebok Stadium, Uwe Rosler ensured his Latics side are treating the build-up to the game like any other, but admitted the added spice of a derby gives his players extra motivation.
“In general we try to approach every game in the same manner because each time we are looking to get three points.
“A derby game like this is a little bit more special because it’s always highlighted how important the game is for the fans and the Club.
“There will be more at stake this weekend, especially for our supporters and we want to make sure we make them proud.”
“This is a game with a bit of extra spice because it’s a derby, and I look forward to it especially because we have got a very strong support behind us.
“Our supporters are travelling in big numbers and I know it will be a very good atmosphere just like it was in my first game here at the DW Stadium against Bolton.
“Everything is in place to make this a very exciting derby and we’ve got to make sure we get something out of the game.”
Hundreds of Latics fans are preparing to walk to the Reebok Stadium to help raise money for local charity Joseph’s Goal, something Rosler believes is a sign of just what Wigan Athletic is about.
“It’s a fantastic gesture that our supporters are walking to Bolton to help support Joseph’s Goal and it shows that as a Club we have that family unit.
“It is a very nice touch and it adds to the atmosphere for the game that we all are together as one.”
Switching his focus to the game itself, Rosler expects another tough test following Tuesday night’s defeat to QPR.
“Bolton have improved a lot and they are strong at the moment with a good run of form, similar to us in that respect.
“Nothing has changed for us after Tuesday’s defeat against QPR because our attitudes have remained the same and we are just as determined as ever.
“The performance was very good and we continue to prepare in exactly the same way as we have over the last few months.
“We have no new injury worries, but a couple of players have been sick and I don’t know yet whether they will make it for the game, all I know is that we’ll have a strong team at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow.”
Rosler’s managerial debut in the Sky Bet Championship came in the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium back in December, a game he recalls by saying:
“I remember our last meeting with Bolton very well.
“We had a very good first half and Bolton came out strongly in the second half, but I think both teams have moved on and improved from that game in December.
“It will be a tough game again this time, but they are all like that now because it’s the business end of the season and most teams have something to play for.”
You can watch Uwe’s pre-Bolton interview on Latics Player by [clicking here]