The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Adam Hipkiss

WI­GAN’S re­cent love af­fair with the FA Cup is show­ing no signs of end­ing – and boss Uwe Rosler re­vealed the Lat­ics had to do it the hard way against Cardiff.

The hold­ers up­set the Pre­mier League strug­glers thanks to Chris McCann’s early goal and a stun­ning 25yarder from May’s Wem­b­ley hero Ben Wat­son.

Rosler’s men are now just one win away from a re­turn to the cap­i­tal in a Cup semi­fi­nal and the boss re­vealed Wi­gan’s prepa­ra­tion had been far from ideal.


“It was a great per­for­mance from my team con­sid­er­ing the dis­tur­bance we had to our travel on Fri­day af­ter­noon and night,” said Rosler.

“It took us seven to eight hours to get down here and we didn’t ar­rive at our ho­tel un­til 22.30. It’s un­der­stand­able we had to hang on a bit in the fi­nal ten min­utes but the play­ers were so pro­fes­sional.

“They were mag­nif­i­cent and I’m very proud of all of them. People like Ivan Ramis have come in and played through the pain bar­rier af­ter in­jury and that’s what you need when you come up against a side with the quali- ty that Cardiff have.”

Rosler was Brent­ford boss when Wi­gan lifted the tro­phy back in May with Roberto Martinez at the helm.

The for­mer Manch­ester City star, who has picked up the pieces from Owen Coyle’s dis­as­trous reign, ad­mits he ‘loves’ the Cup but wants his side fully fo­cussed on Tues­day’s clash with Barns­ley to in­crease the pres­sure on the top six – not who they might face in the last eight.

“We are hav­ing to do things the hard way as noone else in the coun­try has played the num­ber of matches we have since Au­gust.

“We’re now in the last eight, but from this sec­ond un­til 7.45pm on Tues­day, we con­cen­trate on the Barns­ley game which is a big fix­ture.

“My head is al­ready spin­ning for that game, who’s avail­able (Wat­son limped off be­fore the hour), who’s not and what we need to do to get the legs run­ning again.”

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