Wigan Athletic’s third home game in the space of seven days is one which demands maximum focus according to Uwe Rosler, as his Latics side go toe-to-toe with Ian Holloway’s Millwall team battling for survival in the Sky Bet Championship.
On the test in front of his players, Rosler said:
“We’ve got to make sure we go into the Millwall game with 100% commitment.
“They are great professionals and they will come here for a fight, we must make sure we are ready to fight them in our own way and you can fight them in many ways.
“Fighting in our way will be coping with the physicality of the game, but also getting the ball down and playing.
“Millwall’s results against Derby County and Nottingham Forest says it all about this league, it can be unforgiving, if you don’t give your opponents 100% respect then you end up paying the price.
“We’ve seen it ourselves against Yeovil Town and how difficult that game was, in some respects Leeds was similar because it became a nerve-racking game at the end and we must avoid that against Millwall.
“We expect a certain style of game like we expected against Leeds and we have to deal with the way Millwall play, but I’m hoping we handle the situation better than we did against Leeds.”
Un-decided as to how much he would rotate his squad during the increasingly heavy fixture period, Rosler added:
“We weren’t at our freshest in the second half against Leeds and it showed because we didn’t have enough options for the player in possession.
“We’ve also seen evidence of that in the stats we receive and the physical stats are not at the level they usually are.
“Rotation may or not be the case for tomorrow, it just depends how ready certain players are.
“No matter who is included in my team tomorrow, I don’t think anybody can be considered to be a surprise because we have a very strong squad as a lot of people have highlighted.
“We are facing a Millwall team who also have a very strong squad in terms of numbers, in fact they have more numbers than we have.
“Millwall make a lot of changes so that is something we need to be aware of, they have put themselves in a good position to survive in this division, but we need to make sure we keep our run going.”