Uwe: We won’t get carried away yet

Uwe Rosler and Gary Caldwell after the win against Birmingham
Uwe Rosler and Gary Caldwell after the win against Birmingham

WIGAN Athletic won’t be getting carried away at securing their play-off spot, according to boss Uwe Rosler.

Latics secured their top-six spot with a game to spare thanks to Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory at Birmingham.

It’s a remarkable achievement given where the club were when Rosler took over at the beginning of December.

But the German says now is not the time to be celebrating – but simply refocusing on the job in hand.

“We are relieved but we are not over-excited,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“We remain focused and we know where we want to be after May 24.

“I knew it was a realistic goal for me to reach the play-offs with the squad I had at my disposal.

“But I didn’t dream that we would get into the position with four games left of the season.

“We maybe dropped a little bit in our standards recently and, in this league, that is enough for the fine margins to turn against you. But we got ourselves together, we regrouped, and the players completed a fantastic job.

“The important thing is that we are there. A lot of people said it would be impossible with the FA Cup run, but the group delivered.

“And everybody has contributed over the course of time to make sure we’ve overcome the first hurdle.”

Latics will only discover their play-off semi-final opponents after Saturday’s final-day clash at Blackburn.

If they remain in fifth spot in the table they would face QPR over two legs, while a sixth-placed finish would see them pitted against Derby.

Rosler will shuffle his pack for the trip to Ewood to ensure his squad is fighting fit for the play-offs.

But that doesn’t mean the FA Cup holders will be going to Blackburn – who still have an unlikely but mathematical chance of finishing sixth – to make up the numbers.

“We will be going all-out to do a professional job and make sure we have good momentum going into the play-offs,” Rosler insisted.

“I won’t lie – there will be changes in areas where we are thin in the squad.

“My job is to make sure our best players are ready to go in the play-offs.

“There will be changes but, at the same time, that is a chance for other players to come in and put them in the position to be selected for the play-offs.”