Carson to face Lions

Scott Carson
Scott Carson
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UWE Rosler will once again shuffle his pack tonight with Wembley places up for grabs.

Latics entertain Millwall in a crucial Championship clash, knowing a win could lift them to third spot in the table.

Despite the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to on Saturday, Rosler and his men will be 100 per cent focused on taming the Lions.

And he will use the carrot of cup semi-final shirts to ensure his men are at the races from the off.

Scott Carson will make a rare start between the sticks in place of Ali Al Habsi, who Rosler was at pains to point out has not been dropped but merely due a rest.

“Ali has done anything wrong,” explained the Wigan boss.

“He has cemented his position as the No.1 goalkeeper, but I just feel that for a number of reasons it is right to change.

“You look at the importance of the win against Leeds, the fact other results went our way, playing Millwall at home, looking at the league table, I have to send a different signal, a different dynamic in the group heading into this game.

“Everybody wants to prove a point and has to prove a point, and I will play a little bit with that one.

“Ali has played around 25 games in a row for us and I feel this is a welcome opportunity for him to have a mental refresher for two or three days and come back stronger.

“To make it absolutely clear, Ali has not been dropped, and a number of other players will not start the game. It’s an opportunity for the players who are selected to put in a performance that gives me a massive headache ahead of the Arsenal game.

“That is what I will play on, like I am sending out my team for the last game on earth and everything is at stake.

“The players I select will want to prove a point, and that is a good scenario for me.”

James Perch is also set for a night off, having picked up his ninth booking of the season against Leeds – one short of an automatic two-match ban.

Jean Beausejour is available after serving his own two-match suspension, while there could also be a run-out for Shaun Maloney, who was again an unused substitute at the weekend.