Uwe Rosler says he is very encouraged with the performance of his young team, following Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Chesterfield in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Rosler saw his side progress into the last 16 of the competition at Highbury, after Jack Sowerby and Alex Reid converted their chances to seal the win.
The German’s team selection saw a large number of development squad players, mixed in with some first team players.
“It was very encouraging tonight,” said Rosler.
“We played some wonderful stuff and the players showed a great appetite for the game. Our front two worked hard with the defence and midfielders being very energetic all over the pitch.
“In second half we made changes with us looking ahead to Saturday. Naturally they had more of the ball than us, but when we did have the ball, we kept it well and showed good mentally and shape.
“Chesterfield didn’t cause us many problems. It was a dangerous result [at 1-0] in the end but my players dug deep”
Midfielder Sowerby opened the scoring in the match and the head coach was very impressed with his performance against the Spireites, as well as Markus Schwabl.
“It’s not only his goal, it’s the way he played,” said Rosler about Sowerby.
“He looked very sharp and energetic and I think this competition has been good for him.
“Jack has put himself in the frame for the first team after already making appearances in the league and FA Cup.
“In these matches, the doors can open for our young players.
“Markus [Schwabl] is using these games well too. He knows his time will come and maybe he hasn’t had as many as he hoped for, but we need him in these situations.
“His mentally and will power to win games was excellent today.”