Sheffield Wednesday: Wigan boss salutes Owls as massive club

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New Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is wary of the threat posed by rejuvenated Wednesday heading into their Championship clash but is confident of his side’s chances if they focus on themselves and not on their opponents.

Both teams go into the clash at Hillsborough languishing in the wrong half of the standings but with confidence boosted following weekend victories.

Wigan had a 3-2 derby triumph over Bolton in Rosler’s first home match in charge.

Rosler was delighted with his team’s showing in that match and hopes it will be the catalyst for better times to come.

“It was a derby game and we wanted to stop the rot and wanted to start to turn the momentum into a positive one, and the players dug deep,” he said.

“It was not an easy win, it was a very hard-fought win.

“And I praised the players a lot and I’m still doing it because that was a massive turning point for us.”

The former Brentford boss is now hoping for more of the same tonight, although he is not expecting it to be easy.

“Every game is different and they will ask different questions of us from Bolton. I think Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club,” said Rosler, whose team moved level on 25 points with 13th-placed Watford with their derby triumph.

“[They have] big, big potential and they had been under-performing, but even when they had poor results that was not always the way they were playing.

“And now it looks like they’ve broken the deadlock, they are scoring more goals and picking up more wins.

“For us it will be a very very hard game.

“We have to be on guard but I think we have to go there and play our game, which is very important.

“We need to focus on how we want to attack them and how we want to win the game.

“I think if we play our game we have a good chance.”