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Uwe Rosler: We all understand the importance of the Emirates FA Cup

2 December 2016

Gaffer looks ahead to Second Round tie with Shrewsbury Town

Fleetwood Town Head Coach Uwe Rosler is under no illusions about the significance of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie at Shrewsbury Town.

Rosler spoke ahead of the game in his usual pre-match press conference, but in unusual surroundings. Rosler and Town skipper Nathan Pond visited Fleetwood High School and faced questions from local school children before facing the local and national press. 

"The FA Cup is a competition which I value as much as the league," said Rosler. 

"I have great memories as a player and a coach. We did it the hard way in the First Round against Southport. Our aim from the start of the season was still to be in the FA Cup in January and if we can win on Saturday that will happen."

The German will be taking nothing for granted after Fleetwood's comfortable 3-0 win over Paul Hurst's side at Highbury last month.

"Shrewsbury will be out for revenge and we must prepare for a very, very tough game. A comfortable win so recently is very dangerous for us. 

"It's the mindset that the players have to get right. We have young players who will find handling such situations a new experience. 

"We have to help them in terms of how we prepare them, how we select the team. It is very important that we start the game like we did at Wimbledon and at Port Vale. 

"Hopefully our qualities will shine through and we will have the upper hand but it will be tough.

"We had a good experience at Wimbledon. In our last two away games performance-wise we were very strong. 

"Football-wise, we were also strong. We are coming out of two away games with confidence. To turn that momentum into a point at Wimbledon in the dying minutes was mentally a big boost for our team.

"We have found a way of playing which the players find comfortable. Whether that will be for the whole season in that system I don't think so. 

"Injuries, suspensions, players moving on may force a new way of approaching the game. We can put a lot of pressure on opposition and we are also looking very good and powerful at set pieces. This is very important in our league."

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