Uwe will carry on tinkering

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler
Wigan manager Uwe Rosler
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UWE Rosler has pledged to carry on tinkering as he bids to keep Wigan Athletic on the promotion trail.

The German has regularly shuffled his pack since taking over as Latics boss two months ago.

And his methods certainly seem to be paying off, with Latics having picked up 21 points from 11 league games as well as advancing to the last eight of the FA Cup.

Rosler will again make changes for tonight’s visit of Barnsley, with midfielder Ben Watson almost certainly out after pulling up lame at Cardiff last Saturday.

But he will also look to rotate in other areas to ensure Latics have their trademark buzz about them.

“We will try to bring in three or four players who have not featured in the previous game, which allows the team to retain that level of energy,” Rosler said.

“So far it has worked well for us and the players are buying into that.

“In the end, each game in this league is on the edge.

“We cannot go out and win a game at only 80 per cent. That will not work.

“When we can get close to being at 100 per cent each day, we will put ourselves in a position to win a lot of games.”

As well as Watson (below), James McArthur is a doubt after missing the trip to Cardiff with a virus while Nick Powell is out with the hamstring strain picked at Middlesbrough earlier this month.

Latics will be expected to see off the Tykes and close the gap on sixth-placed Reading to four points with a game in hand.

To do that, Rosler says they must defend better than they did at the weekend.

“It’s a totally different game, but I told the players this morning that we can’t afford to end up defending so deep like we did in the last 10 minutes on Saturday,” he added.

“Whereas Cardiff didn’t have one striker above 6 foot, Barnsley have a couple of very tall strikers.

“We have to be brave and try to stay as high up the field as possible.

“And hopefully when we do score the first goal, we need to push forward for more.”