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Rosler pleased with reaction following Blackpool draw

26 November 2017

Uwe Rosler says he was happy with the reaction of his players in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Blackpool.

Rosler’s side bounced back from Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat at Walsall with a solid defensive display, keeping a third straight league clean sheet at Highbury.

The game proved to be one with few clear-cut chances for both sides, with a point a fair result.

“It was a good reaction from my players,” said Rosler.

“I saw a team today where every player was committed to the cause. There wasn’t much between the two teams, but I thought first half we played well.

“We played a good footballing team and with the players we had available, we put in maximum effort, but my players couldn’t find the net.

“We pressed Blackpool all over the pitch and we were very offensive with our defending, they struggled to get on the ball.

“I thought we were completely on top in the second half, but in the end, I will accept a point, especially after Tuesday."

Town’s captain Nathan Pond came back into the side today after missing the Walsall game in midweek, and the German had high praise for the defender after he picked up Man of the Match.

“I thought he deserved it,” added Rosler.

“Pondy hasn’t played for a while due to injury, and with him in the side, he really helps us.

“Our defence plays 10 to 15 metres higher up the pitch when he is on the pitch, and that makes a difference when we press teams.

“He was the clear winner in the duel with Vassell. He had the stamina and the pace, along with the strength to stay with their striker.

“That was crucial for us.”

The match was a played in front of a sell-out crowd and Rosler said the fans created a great occasion for his players.

“My players enjoyed the atmosphere with the full stadium.

“Our supporters were brilliant and they made it that home fixture I talked about in the [pre-match] press conference.

“The rose to the occasion and everybody gave 110%, which is crucial in these matches.”


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