UWE Rosler has met with hisplayers individually as he tries to put right the wrongs that have seen his side struggle so far this season.
The Latics boss picked his team for tonight’s visit of Nottingham Forest yesterday and has spoken to the team about the poor showing at Bournemouth on Saturday.
But rather than allow them to lick their wounds, he has met with tonight’s side in a bid to lift spirits and find a way of kick-starting Wigan’s season.
“I named the team very early before training,” he said. “I’ve spoken to the 13 or 14 players who will play a part against Forest and gave them reassurance and a vote of confidence to play in such a big game.
“I’ve had a lot of meetings and a lot of talking individually to them and given them reassurance.
“You have more impact when you speak one on one than when you do in front of 27, you get more feedback and they are more willing to talk.
“The players will be up for it, it’s not only me but the players have also had their professional pride hurt.”
Rosler’s arrival at the DW Stadium last season helped start a fantastic run of form that saw the team – then in a similar position – climb into the top six.
And just like the home victory over Bolton did then, he reckons a win tonight against a high-flying and unbeaten Nottingham Forest side will do wonders for his players’ confidence.
“It’s a big game in terms of we need to see a reaction, we need to see a performance,” said Rosler.
“The way we start the game is very important. This fire needs to go over to our supporters, we don’t to wait, and the supporters will give us something back.
“That symbiosis between our supporters and us will carry us through a successful game.
“Our duty is the tempo and the way we address the game from the beginning and get the supporters back on our side.
“We know that the Championship is unforgiving and certain things in the last two or three months weren’t right and we’re suffering.
“There is a lot of football to be played. We have good players in who might need a bit of time who have good football backgrounds and we have to galvanise everybody.”
Rosler kept his cards close to his chest with regards to returns from injury for key players Callum McManaman and Emyr Huws but insisted that every player he has selected will be ready.
“We’ve prepared,” he said. “We’ve concentrated on the 13 or 14 players who will be involved in the game and tried to energise and reassure them and build them up as much as I can to bring everybody in the right frame of mind for the game.”