Long and Hunter fire the Cod Army to victory
Head Coach Uwe Rosler says he was delighted with how his team ‘stood up to the challenges’ in his side’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Southend United.
Goals from Chris Long and Ashley Hunter capped a fine away performances from Rosler’s side climbed up to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.
“We should have killed the game off earlier to give me a little bit of rest with my heart!” said the German.
“I think in this league, even at 2-0, anything can happen but I was delighted at how we stood up to the challenges and how organised we were.
“We used the gaps they left between the midfield and the defence – we came into the pockets and turned and ran at them. Also, our players from the bench made a big impact.
"I'm delighted with the players, we are progressing as a team all the team. It was a game we deserved to win."
On a totally dominant afternoon at Roots Hall, Town were unlucky to not come away with a more flattering score line from Essex. Nevertheless, the boss was pleased with the manner of the victory.
“I think we have a good mix both with and without the ball and a great work ethic,” said Rosler.
“We created numerous chances and I am just delighted that the players and getting the rewards for their hard work. You can coach them and preach them, but in the end it’s the results that give them to the confidence to continue and I think the way we have started (this season), the players see progress.”
Devante Cole started from the off in place of Hunter, but the youngster who recently signed a new deal came off the bench to seal the game.
“Ash came off the bench and scored a fantastic goal. Overall the players should be happy. Southend are a team who are experts of finishing in the top six, Bolton who will finish in the top six and Scunthorpe with their budget should be in the top six too. We’ve played them all and gave each team a big run for their money.”