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Rosler: Latics in safekeeping

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler believes he has the best group of goalkeepers in the Championship.

The club's long-term number one Ali Al Habsi has now re-established himself as first choice after losing out to Lee Nicholls and Scott Carson this season.

Oman international Al Habsi was outstanding in a 1-1 draw against his former club Bolton in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Rosler believes Al Habsi has been forced to raise his game this season and is pleased with the strong competition he has for his place between the posts.

Rosler said: "I didn't praise him enough after the game.

"I felt he kept us in the game, especially at the beginning of the second half when they had some big opportunities.

"To cement his place, after Scott came back from injury and with Lee Nicholls being available every training session, shows the level of performance Ali has delivered since I walked through the door.

"He was a bit fortunate because Scott had started as number one but that is football - unfortunately for Scott he got injured and Ali came in.

"Ali took his chance and I think it would have been unfair to Ali and sent the wrong signals to the squad, when we talk about fair competition, to take Ali out.

"I am very happy with the goalkeepers. I think I probably have the strongest goalkeeping department in the league with three top goalkeepers.

"It speaks volumes that Ali has cemented his place as number one."

Rosler has warned, however, that Al Habsi will need to maintain standards to keep ahead of former England international Carson and 21-year-old Nicholls.

He said: "There is an open fight. I am not making the (number one) status forever.

"It is important Ali has the confidence from me that he can make a mistake - and he has that - but he has to perform because Scott and Lee are pushing very hard."