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In quotes: Uwe Rosler post-Swindon Town

17 December 2016

Head Coach quotes after speaking to the media after 1-1 draw

Fleetwood Town Head Coach Uwe Rosler spoke to the media after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Swindon Town.


Alex Cairns’ saved a second half penalty from Michael Doughty after David Ball equalised after Luke Norris’ opener for the Robins.


On the overall performance…


“I’m happy with the point. To be brutally honest, I thought in the first half we were the better team but we gave a very cheap goal away. It was the first time the ball came in the box. In the second half, they were the better team on the ball but we had still a penalty situation. If the referee gives the one against Pondy, he has to give the one on Devante. We hit the bar and have a saved ball on the line from a shot – but overall, I think second half they had the majority of the ball.”


On responding to different situations throughout the game…


“I think that’s the morale we are building. We keep our run going and we can’t choose at the moment from a fully fit squad. We had a lot of players missing for us, but the lads did really well and that’s the only way forward. I’ve always said football is a team sport and it is a squad game but the players have been working for everything. But yes, I am very happy.”


On David Ball scoring his ninth goal of the season…


“I think he did (the midfield role) very well. To be fair, they surprised us a little bit and we didn’t see that coming. They had two players who had been out for six weeks and stepped in and played three at the back. If we would have known that we probably would have had our starting line-up a little different but I think our shape worked well in the first half. We kept the three up front and caused them problems. The only thing for me which was disappointing was the first goal – the penalty situation as well. The way we played in the first half, the players found a way to keep the run going and that speaks volumes of the players.”


On being the only team in the EFL to have scored in every match…


“We are proud of that. It shows the intent and today keeping three guys up and pinning their full backs back, showed our intent. We came to Swindon and tried to win the game.”


On the fitness of his squad after today’s match…


“No I think Ash (Hunter) was running himself into the ground. I’ve said it before but Alex Jakubiak had been narrowly missing out on the squad on a number of occasions. That was not the game to bring Aaron Amadi-Holloway on as it needed to do lots of running and I felt Alex was the better option. He came on, I felt he worked hard and got a positive experience and I hopefully it will keep him going for the weeks to come.”


On building momentum over the Christmas period…


“I think for us it is important to take it game by game. We got massively hit by injuries, but today I am happy that we could put out a team that did everything to keep that run going. I take each game as it comes – now we have a little breather, hopefully one player will be back for the next game. Hopefully, with our home record and our confidence and with today’s game which was a confidence boost, we can do something.”


On Alex Cairns’ performance in goal…


“That was a match winning performance. He was good, but he normally does well! He is an outfield player with gloves on, that’s what I always call him. He made crucial saves, especially with the penalty.”

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