No time to dream before Wembley

James McArthur was outstanding for Wigan against Leeds
James McArthur was outstanding for Wigan against Leeds
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UWE Rosler insists this is “just a normal week” for Wigan Athletic despite the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal looming on Saturday.

Latics saw off the challenge of Leeds at the weekend thanks to Martyn Waghorn’s first-half goal, to keep them in fifth place in the Championship.

Before they can start to think about their Wembley clash with the Gunners, Latics have another important league game against Millwall tomorrow night to negotiate.

“It’s just a normal week for us,” said Rosler. “There’s no time to dream.

“Millwall are waiting, and they are fighting to stay in the division.

“We are physically and mentally ready for Millwall. We are focused on the next game and nothing more.”

Wigan weren’t at their best against Leeds, but dug deep to record three priceless points and strengthen their play-off position.

While some have suggested the FA Cup run is an unwelcome distraction, Rosler again reiterated his belief that success on both fronts can be achieved.

“We’ve had fantastic stats in terms of points won since I’ve been here,” explained the Latics chief, who again shuffled his pack at the weekend.

“We’ve won a lot of games and got to the semi final of the FA Cup - that can only have been achieved with rotation.

“When you look at the opposition we face in the FA Cup and how intense the Championship is, if we had played with the same 12 or 13 players every week, we wouldn’t be where we are now.

“We like competition in the squad, but at times we have to rotate. We need the energy to play the style of football we want to play.

“We don’t rotate for the sake of rotating. The football makes the decision in the end.

“You can’t always play the same three midfielders. Eventually they get less and less on fuel until you get to the petrol station.

“When that moment comes, we need to put other players in and we have quality ones in our squad.

“We have built up a strong mental strength in the camp - the human body can achieve unbelievable things if the mind is strong.

“The players have shown this since I came into the club.”