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Rosler: City quarter-final a 'bonus game' for Latics

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is viewing tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester City as a "bonus game" for his team in the context of everything they have achieved of late.

The Latics head into the rematch of last season's final – which they famously emerged from with a shock 1-0 victory – in fine form, on a five-game winning streak in all competitions.

Their Championship record for February has earned Rosler, appointed in December, the division's manager of the month award and helped them into the play-off places.

Meanwhile, there has been more FA Cup magic for the club, with their defence of the trophy seeing them defeat Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Cardiff en route to only their third sixth-round appearance in the competition in their history.

With all that behind them – and a continued promotion push in the Championship ahead – Rosler is in no doubt the pressure is off Wigan for this match.

Asked how he had felt when the draw for the quarter-finals had been made, ex-City player Rosler said: "My first reaction was to ban all talk about the game.

"We only started talking this week about it – I think it was important prior to that that we focused on the league.

PRESSURE

"And now, off the back of such a good month, I have said to the boys that this is a bonus game.

"Not that we will take it easy, but we will go into it with no pressure whatsoever. The pressure lies on City.

"We have already achieved a wonderful cup run – it is only the third time the club has been in the sixth round in our history and doing that after last year's win has made it even more special."

City could win a quadruple of trophies this season and they got the ball rolling last weekend by defeating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley in the League Cup final.

Asked if he thought City might not be entirely focused on tomorrow's game, given everything else that is on their agenda, Rosler said: "I hope so – that is our biggest chance. (But) they have so much quality."


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