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Rosler: We will be much better for the experience

8 May 2017

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Town chief reacts after Bradford playoff defeat

Head coach Uwe Rosler says his side will be ‘much better for the experience’ after Sunday’s playoff defeat to Bradford City.

Rosler’s side were unable to overcome a 1-0 deficit from the first leg following a Rory McArdle header at Valley Parade.

Nevertheless, this season saw Rosler’s side come one short of a trip to Wembley, as well as going 18 games unbeaten in the league – a run spanning from November to February.

“We move on, it this season has been a great experience for the players and a great experience for the football club,” said Rosler.

“We gave it our all but we came short today, the season has been very long for us and we have been very unlucky in the business end of the season.

“We saw what it means to play in the play-offs with that sort of level, intensity and quality against good opposition.

“We will be much better for the experience, of that I’m sure.”

Despite the score line, Rosler maintains the view that the defeat should not take away from a remarkable journey.

“I have thanked every player for an outstanding season and I hope this disappointment doesn’t take away from what we have achieved.

“The end of the season we had injuries, we could not rotate and we had to play more or less the same players in every game.

“Today was a big ask especially for young Ash in a game like that, Devante just came back from injury and we move on.”

Yet Town’s head coach is happy to talk about the changed level of expectations and is now looking to recruit new signings in the summer to add to what they have got.

“What we have to do is take the emotion out of today,” added Rosler.

“At the end of the week we will have talks with what is the expectation from the chairman, from the board on both myself and the team.

“From then we will then we will have to recruit on those parameters.”

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