UWE Rosler admits this week has been ‘no holiday camp’ down at Christopher Park.
While the likes of Emmerson Boyce, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Ali Al Habsi, James McClean and new-boy William Kvist have been away on international duty, it’s been business as usual for the rest of the squad.
They’ve got the luxury of a blank weekend ahead to look forward to, but otherwise there’s been no let-up in intensity on the training ground.
“There will be no holiday camp under me,” Rosler told the Evening Post. “We’ve had a good week’s training as usual.
“The boys deserve the long weekend with no game, and the foreign players will be able to go home.
“But the week after it will be a completely normal week with the game the following Saturday.”
There’s a real feel-good factor around the club at the moment, on the back of successive wins in the league and a deadline day that saw four new signings unveiled.
The latest victory – a 4-0 battering of Birmingham – saw Latics final cut lose in the final third of the field.
But Rosler was equally pleased with a second successive clean sheet for a defence boosted by the return off the bench of Leon Barnett for the first time in the league this season.
“We are a team that is better when we are on the front foot,” Rosler recognised.
“Of course it’s hard to be on the front foot for the whole 90 minutes, and you have to make sure you’re defensively solid and composed.
“I thought in this area we were improved on the Blackpool game, and we were helped when Leon came on.
“They went long, and Leon is very, very good at winning the first header. That eliminated a lot of their threat.
“Our goalkeeper still had to make one or two important saves, but that was a big compliment to him that he was able to keep his concentration when he had basically nothing to do for the majority of the game.
“We’re improving, but hopefully in the future we’ll get to a point where we’re not even giving those chances away.
“Every manager or coach is a perfectionist, and I’m no different.
“But overall we’re all happy and we take a lot of confidence out of the last two games, going into the international break.”