Roeder Warning To New Boys

Last updated : 15 April 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

Roeder: "We are not even thinking about Sunderland and are completely focused on the Wigan game tomorrow. But when I sat on the coach coming back from Teesside last Sunday I couldn't help looking at the players and thinking they have got the bit between their teeth.

"And this has been backed up by their training this week which has been very good. While we lost in the Premiership at Wigan in October, I can sense the players were very disappointed at what happened down there in the Carling Cup and they want to put that right tomorrow.

"I know what I am expecting from our players against Wigan and we have nothing to hide because we have to go for the jugular. But what we don't know is what Paul Jewell and Wigan are going to do. They might try and play for a point and keep that three-point gap between us tomorrow night.

"Or he could come and try and win and put six points between them and ourselves. I suppose he will look at other teams who have come up against us recently and started off with only one striker up front like Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Everton and have lost against us."

"Teams have tried to stifle the midfield but it hasn't worked against us and maybe we will see an open game tomorrow with both teams playing 4-4-2."