Rosler ready to face his Cardiff destiny

Nicky Maynard will be back at Cardiff in the fifth round of the cup
Nicky Maynard will be back at Cardiff in the fifth round of the cup

UWE Rosler last night welcomed the FA Cup draw that will take his holders to Cardiff in round five.

Wigan’s reward for seeing off Crystal Palace at the weekend was more Premier League opposition - and a trip to the Welsh capital next month.

Rosler is certainly well-acquainted with his Bluebirds counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Latics having recently taken Nicky Maynard on loan and Cardiff still in negotiations to sign Ivan Ramis.

“It was destiny that I should come up against Ole,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“Our paths are crossing quite a bit at the moment - he gave me Maynard and he wants to take Ramis.

“Of course we would have liked a home draw, but we’ll take it.

“We still have a big possibility of going through to the next round. I’m quite relaxed.”

Rosler was delighted with the way Latics saw off Tony Pulis’ Palace and book their place in round five, which takes place on the weekend of February 15/16. James McClean opened his goalscoring account for the club in a man-of-the-match performance.

And the Wigan boss reckoned the Irishman warranted his goal for his all-round contribution.

“James deserved that goal for his efforts, and it will do his confidence a lot of good,” acknowledged Rosler.

“I’m happy for him. He wasn’t in the squad last week against Doncaster, and he responded very well.

“He had a very good game - he was a threat throughout the 90 minutes.

“He has a very good energy level and he can play at 90 minutes at a high tempo.

“Overall I think we should all be very happy with how we attacked and overcame a Premier League side - something which should stick in the memory. Now we need to go to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and make the fans proud of their team once again.”