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Rosler: Mentality key for Boxing Day trip to Oldham

25 December 2017

Uwe Rosler says it’s important for his team to put recent results behind them as they prepare to face Oldham on Boxing Day (3pm).

Rosler’s side have lost their last two home matches – against Peterborough and Gillingham – but did win the last time they were on the road, against Hereford in the Emirates FA Cup.

With the busy festive period underway with four games in ten days, the German sees it as a chance to pick up points.

"It is an important game [at Oldham], a very important game like every game,” said Rosler.

“We need to be mentally right, that is the most important thing. We need to get that disappointment behind us because we are professionals. It is part of our jobs to deal with highs and lows, the better we can do that then the better position we are in to get a result.

"They tested us last year but we can test them as well because we have good options across the pitch.

“There will be some changes made in our team I can tell you that. Who that will be I can't tell you.

“Hopefully the players who are coming in can grab their chance.”

Two players who have been in absent in recent weeks are Conor McAleny and Bobby Grant, with Rosler providing an update on both players.

“Both players are on the grass at different stages,” confirmed Rosler.

“Conor McAleny had trained with the team, Bobby is on the grass but not in full part of the training.

“There is another training session on Christmas Day and we will assess Conor after that and see if he is ready to be part of the match day squad or whether he needs another few days training.

"Both players have not played a lot lately for us. Especially Conor since he joined us, I think it would be a big boost, everybody knows what a quality player he is so having him on the team sheet I think that gives everyone a boost and confidence because we have a potential match winner in our team.

“At the moment I do not want to give false hopes, we will assess him tomorrow after training and I think it is important the player himself feel ready and not that we are pushing him.”

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