Rosler plans selection surprises

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UWE Rosler has promised “one or two” surprise packages as he takes his Wigan Athletic side to Wolves today.

The Latics boss says that he will pick the best side at his disposal for the trip to Molineux with injuries also playing their part.

Skipper Emmerson Boyce will miss the game as he undergoes a scan today for a leg injury he picked up during Tuesday’s draw with Nottingham Forest while midfielder Don Cowie is also expected to miss out.

Rosler stopped short of revealing who would be stepping in but hinted that there could be some surprises.

“Emmerson Boyce is not available, he is a miss for us obviously,” he told the Evening Post.

“He has played every single game since I came to the club. But now the next one has to step up to the plate and we have players who have been there and done that.

“Obviously there are injuries and players who are missing, but there will also be one or two surprise packages. Whilst we are going for continuity, we are also going for the best team who can win a game of football.”

Today’s game will be Latics’ last for a fortnight before the second international break of the season.

They signed off for the last one on back-to-back victories but haven’t won a game since with Rosler’s men just picking up two points in the process.

He’s challenged his players to go away on another high but also come back and hit the ground running.

“We finished very strong before the last international weekend and hopefully we can do that again with a win at Molineux,” he added.

“That would make life easier, then you can get your shoulders down and you can work on certain things, go in a little more relaxed in the two week break.

“For me it is important that we go to Molineux and be positive and aggressive, show a similar recipe as we did against Forest.”

Rosler knows his players are in for a tough encounter today.

Before Wednesday’s defeat to Huddersfield, Wolves’ last 18 home games brought in 16 wins and two draws.

One player in good form is ex-Wigan player Nouha Dicko who endured an unsuccessful four years at the DW.

“I did not have Dicko for very long, he was on loan at Rotherham,” said Rosler. “I recalled him and had him for three weeks so I have seen bits and pieces from him. I got good feedback from people in the club but we decided to sell him.

“We looked at him as a wider player but he is now playing at Wolves as a striker in a different scenario. It would have been very difficult for him to play in the wider areas for us and we decided to sell him

“The boy did very well, he used his chance and it was a good time to join Wolves when they were in League One. He was part of a successful team, winning promotion and he scored goals so I wish him all the best.

“Going to Molineux we are coming as underdogs, coming to a place where the crowd can be a massive support but they can also a deficit for the team like last Tuesday. It is up to us to silence the crowd and be absolutely competitive in the first 15 minutes. If we can overcome that and play the way I would like then I think the crowd will get quiet and this will play in our favour.

“When I see our supporters going to Molineux, it is not the longest trip and it is a proper football stadium to go to with a proper football atmosphere. I am sure there will be a lot of Wigan Athletic supporters finding their way to Wolves.”