Watson may be out but Wigan have strength in depth warns Oscar

The Argus: Oscar Garcia rates Wigan's squad as the best in the Championship Oscar Garcia rates Wigan's squad as the best in the Championship

Albion head coach Oscar Garcia has warned that Wigan have strength in depth to cope without Ben Watson.

The former Crystal Palace midfielder broke a leg for the second time in 18 months against Barnsley on Tuesday night and is out for the season.

Oscar believes tomorrow’s visitors to the Amex can overcome the blow.

The Spaniard said: “For me Wigan have the best squad in the Championship. They can play with three different starting elevens and they will be fighting for the promotion places.”

Wigan’s 2-0 win against Barnsley lifted them above Albion in the pack chasing the top six in the Championship on goals scored.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler said: “Overall I’m pleased with what I have at my disposal, we have certain options. Callum McManaman had a kick on the ankle, which is why he was not involved against Barnsley. But he will be ready for Brighton.”

Albion head into the key clash off the back of Monday’s 1-1 home draw against Hull in the FA Cup.

Oscar said: "I was really happy, not with the final result but because all my players showed to everybody that they can play in the Championship and most of them are good enough to play in the Premier League.

"Maybe in the Premier League during the whole season we’d have to have a stronger squad or bigger squad but I think we showed we can compete against Premier League opposition."

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7:19am Fri 21 Feb 14

AlanDuffy says...

IF we got promoted, then money would be available to strengthen the squad......and we'd need to, but for now I'm happy that the club is going about things the right way. Last year we lost £14m, that's unsustainable and the club is addressing that so we can't go out and buy every player on the market. We are starting to reap the benefits of our development policy with a number of promising youngsters coming through, the manager knows the situation and is working within the limitations and doing a great job. Wigan will be a very difficult game, personally I think a point will be a good result......but, of course, I'd love us to win. Then straight on the bus to Hull!!
IF we got promoted, then money would be available to strengthen the squad......and we'd need to, but for now I'm happy that the club is going about things the right way. Last year we lost £14m, that's unsustainable and the club is addressing that so we can't go out and buy every player on the market. We are starting to reap the benefits of our development policy with a number of promising youngsters coming through, the manager knows the situation and is working within the limitations and doing a great job. Wigan will be a very difficult game, personally I think a point will be a good result......but, of course, I'd love us to win. Then straight on the bus to Hull!! AlanDuffy

7:34am Fri 21 Feb 14

seegull fly in sky says...

Osrac got puffy jocket a lok lyke mushalan man. Beet wogan a gut plyaffs UAT
Osrac got puffy jocket a lok lyke mushalan man. Beet wogan a gut plyaffs UAT seegull fly in sky

8:02am Fri 21 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

I think the Wigan game will be good; a real test for the team and a must win game. I will be at the game and hopefully will get a result. This is the only game I feel uneasy about because of the FA cup game on Mpnday.
It will surely be a hard decision for OG on who he plays in each game.
I am lucky to have a couple of friends in the media (camera and tech crew) so have managed to get a free lift to Hull so will be in their little camera area. I have to be quiet though when we score, although it depends how close to the fans we are.
The Wigan, Millwall and Reading are the games we have to win if we are to pave the way to the playoffs as we don't really want to rely on other results going our way.
Attacink teams please OG and no injuries.
I think the Wigan game will be good; a real test for the team and a must win game. I will be at the game and hopefully will get a result. This is the only game I feel uneasy about because of the FA cup game on Mpnday. It will surely be a hard decision for OG on who he plays in each game. I am lucky to have a couple of friends in the media (camera and tech crew) so have managed to get a free lift to Hull so will be in their little camera area. I have to be quiet though when we score, although it depends how close to the fans we are. The Wigan, Millwall and Reading are the games we have to win if we are to pave the way to the playoffs as we don't really want to rely on other results going our way. Attacink teams please OG and no injuries. bbb1969

9:06am Fri 21 Feb 14

mark by the sea says...

bbb1969 wrote:
I think the Wigan game will be good; a real test for the team and a must win game. I will be at the game and hopefully will get a result. This is the only game I feel uneasy about because of the FA cup game on Mpnday.
It will surely be a hard decision for OG on who he plays in each game.
I am lucky to have a couple of friends in the media (camera and tech crew) so have managed to get a free lift to Hull so will be in their little camera area. I have to be quiet though when we score, although it depends how close to the fans we are.
The Wigan, Millwall and Reading are the games we have to win if we are to pave the way to the playoffs as we don't really want to rely on other results going our way.
Attacink teams please OG and no injuries.
I think the real test will be if we go one down,
[quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: I think the Wigan game will be good; a real test for the team and a must win game. I will be at the game and hopefully will get a result. This is the only game I feel uneasy about because of the FA cup game on Mpnday. It will surely be a hard decision for OG on who he plays in each game. I am lucky to have a couple of friends in the media (camera and tech crew) so have managed to get a free lift to Hull so will be in their little camera area. I have to be quiet though when we score, although it depends how close to the fans we are. The Wigan, Millwall and Reading are the games we have to win if we are to pave the way to the playoffs as we don't really want to rely on other results going our way. Attacink teams please OG and no injuries.[/p][/quote]I think the real test will be if we go one down, mark by the sea

11:50am Fri 21 Feb 14

pjwilk says...

We have no attacking strength in depth,is Oscar paving the way for defeat.
We have no attacking strength in depth,is Oscar paving the way for defeat. pjwilk

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