Cup tie sees Rosler ring the changes

Wigan Player Ivan Ramis
Wigan Player Ivan Ramis

UWE Rosler has pledged to ring the changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup first-round trip to League Two outfit Burton Albion.

No sooner have Latics kicked off their Championship campaign with a 2-2 draw against Reading, they are already having to switch their sights to another competition and a trip down to Staffordshire.

And with the side having run out of steam in the second half at the weekend, which nearly resulted in them getting off to a losing start, Rosler has pledged to rotate his squad accordingly.

One definite starter is Roger Espinoza, who missed Saturday’s game after suffering a spasm in training, while there could also be call-ups for the likes of Fraser Fyvie, Ivan Ramis, Thomas Rogne, James Tavernier, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Ali Al Habsi.

“Certain players who started on Saturday will not be available on Tuesday,” revealed the Wigan boss.

“I just don’t want to take any chances with any of my first-team players.

“Hopefully certain players will be able to have a good week of training, which will get them closer to the level they want to be.

“They are players who weren’t in the squad or who didn’t get on at the weekend who will come in.

“Roger will be available for Tuesday, and he will not be the only change.

“But regardless of the personnel, we are talking about top-class players.

“We are not talking about players who are coming in from the Development Squad.

“Some of them have played in the Premier League and they have to show me they are knocking at the door and ready to start games.

“We will be taking the game seriously. I will put out the best team I am able to put out.”

Rosler admits he is torn between wanting to do as well as possible in the domestic cup competitions - as illustrated by last term’s run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup – and ensuring Latics remain fully focused on their main goal of achieving promotion.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I take every game 100 per cent seriously,” he added.

“I do not throw away any game, I am not like that.

“I am not disrespectful to any competition, be it cup or league.

“Going back to when I first came to England as a player, I love the cup competitions, where the lower-league team has a chance to measure itself against the best in the country.

“But I also have to say that this year the league has to be the priority.”