Whelan: Uwe is a machine

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler
Wigan boss Uwe Rosler

DAVE Whelan remains fully confident that “fighting machine” Uwe Rosler will guide Wigan Athletic to a high-placed finish.

The chairman gave the squad a motivational team-talk before the draw with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, when he asked them to believe in themselves.

“I just told the players how good they are,” said Whelan.

“We looked a lot more determined and there was a lot more fire in us than I saw against Ipswich.

“Sometimes you get a team and they don’t realise that how good they are and that they’re difficult to beat.

“The truth is we weren’t difficult to beat for the three games before Forest but they have to believe in themselves.

“We have got a good team with lots of quality, it’s just getting them to believe in themselves and fight to the death which they did on Tuesday.”

Rosler’s men travel to a Wolves side on the backlash tomorrow after they lost their first home game in 19 matches on Wednesday. But that doesn’t matter to Whelan, who believes this Latics squad is capable of beating anyone with Rosler at the helm.

“We have a very good squad and the manager is tough and brilliant,” he said

“He proved that last year when he arrived, the lads have got to support him and they have to fight to the death now.

“When he came last year we were quite low down and he did things and we moved up. He is a continual fighting machine and I have every confidence in him.

“Wolves will be a tough game but if we go and play like we did the other night, we’re in with a great chance.”

Latics could be without skipper Emmerson Boyce tomorrow after he left the stadium on crutches on Tuesday.