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Rosler hails 'fantastic' players after progressing in Emirates FA Cup

14 December 2016

Head Coach praises team after comeback with over Shrewsbury

Uwe Rosler labelled his players are ‘fantastic’ after Fleetwood came from two goals down to beat Shrewsbury 3-2 in the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Rosler’s side went two down after an hour when Louis Dodds smashed past Alex Cairns after Jim O’Brien’s opener in the first half.

However two goals from Devante Cole, and 94th minute winner from substitute Ashley Hunter saw Town into the Third Round for only the second time in the club’s history.

“I think we saw a game of two halves,” said Rosler.

“We had to cope with injuries and in the first half we didn’t play as normal as we can. But in the second half, we found a way.

All credit to the players, the substitutions changed the game in the second half.

“I thought when you saw the second half I thought we deserved to win the game.

“The boys are fantastic. We are now on an unbeaten run of six or seven games and I think everybody put a shift in tonight – massively in the second half.”

Rosler spoke after the match about the performance of Cole, who led the line superbly for Town and got his rewards with two well taken goals.

“I’m especially pleased for Devante” added Rosler after the match.

“He’s been very important for us in many ways, he had not enough to show in terms of goals, but I’ve always said from day one that I will not judge him on goals, I’m judging on what he contributes to the team.

“I think when you are a striker you want to score and today his first goal was unbelievable. It was fantastic for him to get two, it should give him a big boost for the future.”

Town will now travel to face Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City in the Third Round, with the tie set to be played over the weekend of the 6th/7th/8th January 2017.

“We always said for both teams that it was an attractive proposition to give everything today and come though.

“We have fully filled our aim in the FA Cup this year – to be in January in the hat. Having our game against Bristol City financially has made the Chairman happy!

“The pressure is off, let’s go to Bristol and enjoy ourselves.”

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