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Rosler pleased to freshen things up despite defeat

5 October 2016

The gaffer reacts after Checkatrade Trophy defeat...

Uwe Rosler was happy that he was given the opportunity to ‘freshen things up’ in Tuesday night’s defeat to Oldham Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Billy McKay and Lee Erwin both scored in a six minute first half spell to condemn Rosler’s side to their first defeat in this season’s competition.

“We made a few changes, which is what I said from day one with this competition (that we’d do).

“When you have a squad like we do, we have to give players a chance. I think it was a welcome opportunity to freshen things because in the last game we were running empty against Sheffield United.”

Competition rules state that teams must field five players from the previous weekend’s fixture, with Rosler opting to leave out Nathan Pond, Amari’i Bell, Jimmy Ryan, Kyle Dempsey and Chris Long, 

whilst Conor McLaughlin is away on international duty.

“Two players came back from injury (in the last game), Jimmy Ryan’s wife gave birth to a son so congratulations to them but obviously he wasn’t available for the match.

“Pondy and Amari’i have played every minute so it was a welcome opportunity to give players a chance.

“The first 20 minutes I think we were good, created 3 or 4 chances but unfortunately we didn’t take them then we had an individual mistake for the first goal.”

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