Forest a chance to get out of the woods

Callum McManaman
Callum McManaman

UWE Rosler expects the real Wigan Athletic to come out fighting tomorrow night against Nottingham Forest after the exchanging of a few home truths behind closed doors.

The German chose his words carefully in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth, that extended the winless sequence to four matches since the international break.

While happy to shield his players from the blame in public, there was a not-so-subtle suggestion that it may be a different story down at the training ground.

“I am not a person who shies away from any responsibilities,” Rosler said.

“In public I will take the flak. But internally there will be some things mentioned.

“If anyone wants to have a go – and I think there will be a few now – then they should have a go at me.

“Internally I think we need to address certain things, because something is wrong – especially when you compare us to last year.

“We have players who have played good football before and will play good again.

“But playing for this club is very different from playing for others clubs with lesser expectations.

“I feel personally disappointed and embarrassed for my chairman and the supporters that we as a group can’t deliver better results.”

Goals in either half from Yann Kermorgant and Simon Francis were enough to secure a comfortable three points for the Cherries, with Latics struggling to muster a shot on goal worthy of the name.

It would require a big improvement across the board for Latics to arrest their slump against high-flying Forest tomorrow night.

“It’s very important not to jump to any conclusions sitting here now,” insisted Rosler.

“We will do everything we can to make sure we recover as quickly as we can for Tuesday.

“The majority of players have played most of the games, but we have a big squad and there will come a time for others who have not played as much to get their chance.

“That is the only way to keep that healthy competition. Who that will be and how many, I cannot answer that at the moment.

“But we cannot continue giving chances to players again and again, and the results are not changing.”

The absence of Callum McManaman was a massive blow on Saturday, although Rosler is hopeful his four-goal top scorer will be fit to face the Tricky Trees.

“Callum didn’t train at all last week and was still having problems,” Rosler revealed.

“For Callum to be be able to play as he has been for the whole season, it’s important he is free in his head with no worries over his body.

“He will be okay for Forest.”

Rosler also admitted his relief at drawing a temporary line under the Grant Holt situation, with the big striker completing a loan move to struggling Huddersfield on Saturday morning.

“There was a reason why we loaned out Grant to Aston Villa last season,” Rosler said.

“He came back in May, and we had a good chat. He knows the score, we know the score.