Rosler - Wigan have mental strength

James McClean celebrates at Ipswich
James McClean celebrates at Ipswich

UWE Rosler insists Latics have the mental strength to cope with the gruelling run-in – as the players attempt to write themselves into club folklore.

Rosler’s charges entertain Yeovil tonight looking a ninth win on the bounce in all competitions, something the club hasn’t achieved since they joined the Football League nearly four decades ago.

However, with the games coming thick and fast, anbd Latics seeking glory on two fronts, Rosler knows it will be a huge challenge to their minds as well as their bodies.

“The game these days is all about mental strength,” Rosler said.

“It’s like the saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

“You have to produce results, you have to be there – and I think we have that in our camp. Definitely.”

Tonight will be a welcome return to home comforts for Latics, with six matches of their eight-game win streak having come on the road.

And the German wants his side to take full advantage ahead of Saturday’s visit of Watford.

“We are looking forward to getting back to the DW Stadium, and back-to-back home games,” Rosler recognised.

“We’re happy to be back at home after being away for quite a while.

“To have won away from home in the manner we have has been very impressive, but now we are back home and expectations will be high.

“Our own expectation levels will be just as high, because we know we have done the hard part on the road and we must follow it up with our home games.

“We’ve got a good blend in our squad, of players who have been up there and want to get back, and young players who have never been there and are desperate to experience it – and that goes for the management as well.

“To achieve our goals it is all about hunger, determination and desire every single day to push, push, push. When you have the balance that we have, it’s a great blend with everyone aiming for one thing.”

Wigan are having to do it tough at the moment, with injuries continuing to bite.

Midfielders Chris McCann (fractured kneecap) and Roger Espinoza (hernia) underwent surgery last week, while Leon Barnett pulled a hamstring in the 2-1 victory at Ipswich at the weekend.

“Leon has been assessed, and we know what he has done and roughly how long he will be out,” Rosler revealed.

“All I will say is he is not out for the season.

“It is a blow, especially because of the way Leon and Emmerson Boyce were linking up with each other.

“When you have that solid spine, you want to keep the continuity. But we are blessed in that department.”