UWE Rosler believes Wigan Athletic’s battle-hardened squad have the know-how to fight their way out of their current predicament
Latics travel to Championship leaders Derby tomorrow (Saturday) looking for a first win in nine matches – a sorry sequence that has seen them slip to one point above the drop zone.
The Latics boss is backing his men to get out of trouble, and points to the experience many of them gained battling at the wrong end of the Premier League as proof they can do so again.
“We have a squad of players who have been there before, under previous regimes, so there’s an experience there to handle the situation,” said Rosler.
“I have been there myself as a player and a manager, and I have been talking to the players a lot, giving reassurance.
“When you are on a run like this, and you are losing players to injury as we are, it’s typical of the situation we’re in.
“Fight, confidence, belief, tempo, energy – that is what we are missing.
“You have to find the right players who are willing to bring those ingredients to our game on a consistent basis.
“And it’s important we don’t judge players on what they gave done in the past. I believe you’re only as good as your last game, and I need players to show me they have those qualities now.”
Rosler has sat down with his players to try to find a way forward, and the feedback he’s received has given him continued confidence for the challenges ahead.
“I like to speak to people individually,” revealed the German.
“Sometimes you get your message across better in small groups or one-to-one.
“I need the players completely on side in terms of believing in what we are trying to do.
“But they must also have the opportunity to express their feelings.
“Some players are reacting well to what we’re telling them. Some players have been a little bit slow.
“But I am not here to blame anyone. I also speak about ‘we’ rather than ‘them’.
“I like to think we’re all here, on the same page, in the same boat.
“We all want to make it work.”