Rosler ploughs on against Tractor Boys

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler

UWE Rosler admits his Wigan Athletic side will have to find a different way of overcoming the Tractor Boys of Ipswich in front of the Sky cameras tonight.

Latics go into the game having slipped to 17th place in the Championship table over the weekend, but in the knowledge a win tonight would see them leapfrog Mick McCarthy’s men into 12th.

Rosler’s charges have won their last two on home soil without conceding a goal, and comprehensively dismantled Ipswich 3-1 at Portman Road back in March.

But the Latics chief insists that impressive away-day triumph will have little bearing on tonight’s clash.

“Last year’s game was a completely different scenario,” he told the Evening Post.

“First of all it was a home game for them, and we went there with a game-plan based on counter attack.

“Now we are playing at home and that means a completely different approach to the game.

“We also have a different playing squad now and have a different way of playing this season.

“There is a reason why we are playing with three centre-backs, and with three in the centre of midfield.

“Our game now is very much based on possession, but we have to make sure we play a little bit quicker than we have been doing, and be more clinical in front of goal.”

Latics go into the game having picked up just one points from back-to-back away games at Blackburn and Huddersfield, which Rosler doesn’t feel gives an accurate picture of the effort his side put in to both games.

“At Huddersfield we had Don Cowie in front of the keeper, Callum McManaman in front of the keeper, at that level we need to score from those situations,” he recognised.

“It doesn’t matter of the stats are in your favour. At the end of the day football is a results-based business.

“I am getting a little bit annoyed that we are getting into good opportunities and not finishing them off.”

Rosler is considering shuffling his pack for the clash, with James Tavernier – a second-half substitute at Huddersfield - pushing for his first league start.

“James gave us some very good momentum on the right-hand side when he came on,” Rosler acknowledged.

“His crosses were very good but no-one could get on the end of one of them.

“There are three positions for Ipswich that I am not sure of, I must between two players for each.”