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Rosler expecting Wimbledon to play with no fear

17 August 2017

Head coach Uwe Rosler is expected AFC Wimbledon to play with no fear on Saturday when they take on his Fleetwood Town side at Highbury (3pm).

Rosler’s side come into the game on the back of two straight wins in Sky Bet League One, having beat both Rotherham United and Northampton Town.

Both games last season ended in draws, with the German expecting another tight game on Saturday.

“Every game at Highbury will be a tough game this season, and we will deal with it,” said Rosler.

“I admire their coach [Neal Ardley] and I know him from my time down at Brentford. He is a good guy and a really good coach who wants his team to play. He knows how he wants to play and they have a plan b.

“This year they are trying to play and the team have the characteristics that all Wimbledon teams have. They will come to us and have no fear and will try to get a result.”

“Last year we played them twice, and they were tight games. We played well at their place, I remember it was one of the first games where we played the 3-5-2 and we looked really good.

“We got a late equaliser but we should have won the game. The home game was different – they were a big team and tried to out-power us, but both encounters were tough.

The 48-year-old also spoke in his pre-match press conference about the signing of Baily Cargill, who joined the club from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth on Thursday.

“We are happy. We were sweating because there was other teams trying to hijack the deal – all credit to Eddie Howe who stuck by his word and committed to us.

“I thank Eddie because he sees us a very good place for his player to develop. I’m sure he will get regular playing time and he will help us. It will be good for our football club.”

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