After a determined finish to the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, Uwe Rosler says his team have shown the spirit needed to achieve their aims this season and expects a positive response tonight against Leicester City at the DW Stadium.
Looking back at Saturday, Roser said:
“I can’t be too disappointed because we finished the game strongly and in football you do get remembered by the way you finish games.
“Everybody is looking forward to playing Leicester City now because they have been on a long unbeaten run and it’s our chance to end that.
“It’s also a game in hand for us and somewhat of a bonus game and hopefully we can increase the gap between ourselves and our challengers.”
Latics return home tonight after the local derby on Saturday, but Rosler said the team are focused on succeeding in every game, despite a natural boost when playing at home.
“Whether we’re playing home or away we are playing a game of football and we have to win.
“Of course at home you hope to have that natural advantage even before the ball is kicked and I think we can rely on a very good support to give us that platform to perform.
“The support we received at Bolton was the best I have experienced since I’ve been here and it created a very positive frame of mind which we will take into tonight’s game.”
“We have a block of three home games before the FA Cup semi-final and it’s our responsibility to handle them and make sure we reach our targets.
“We know what we want from these home games and that is to be successful.
“The players are ready for it and they want to measure themselves against Leicester and show why they are a good team.”
In form Leicester strike partners David Nugent and Jamie Vardy could be split up tonight after the latter was replaced with a knock at the weekend, but Rosler insists preparations have been about his side and not the opposition.
“Our preparations are about us and what we want to do, how we want to impose ourselves, but it can’t go without noticing that Leicester have some very dangerous players.
“David Nugent and Jamie Vardy have formed a very effective partnership for Leicester.
“Vardy went off injured at the weekend, but it doesn’t matter who comes in for him because Leicester have a very good squad of players which they have invested a lot in over recent years.
“They are not dependant on two players, collectively they are very strong and have a high spirit which makes them difficult to beat.
“Our experienced players will play a big part in the result tonight because they know exactly what it’s like to play in these pressure situations and against the best teams.”