Rosler - play-offs in our sights

Chris McCann and James Perch celebrate against Reading
Chris McCann and James Perch celebrate against Reading
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UWE Rosler insists the Championship play-offs are ‘achievable’ after seeing Wigan Athletic continue their 100 per cent record under his stewardship.

Just as they had against Bolton the previous weekend, Latics flew out of the blocks at Reading on Saturday and were two goals up inside 12 minutes through Chris McCann and Nick Powell.

Pavel Pobrebnyak pulled one back in the second period for the Royals, but Latics held on for the three points to keep the momentum going.

Had Rosler’s men not been halted by the weather in midweek - their game at Sheffield Wednesday was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch with them 1-0 up and in total control - they would have stood just three points off the play-off picture.

As it is, they are now back in the top half with a game still in hand, and Rosler believes a top-six berth is still within reach ahead of the second half of the campaign.

“Of course, I came here to make that happen but, for the moment, I just focus on the next game,” Rosler said.

“We have the possibility, with a good run, to sneak into the play-offs.

“All the teams that I have had always have a strong end to the season.

“I think that will happen here as well. I’m confident that it is achievable.”

Next up for Wigan is back-to-back games at the DW against Birmingham on Boxing Day and Burnley three days later.

They will have to do without Ben Watson for the first, after the midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the campaign on Saturday.

Watson would have been highly doubtful for the game anyway, having left the Madejski with his left foot in a protective cast after an innocuous incident inside the final quarter. The FA Cup final hero went to ground in centre-field with no-one around him, but was forced to soldier on with his side having made all three substitutions.

It remains to be seen whether Nick Powell and Callum McManaman will be available for Thursday, with both of them being withdrawn at half-time on Saturday.

“The players dug in and have shown a tremendous winning attitude, but injuries during the game mean that we have paid a heavy price for victory which will set us a new challenge for the coming weeks,” added Rosler.