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Rosler says his side are mentally refreshed ahead of Doncaster

17 November 2017

Uwe Rosler says his side are mentally refreshed ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Doncaster Rovers.

Rosler’s side played three games in six days last week, as Town progressed in the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy with victories over Chorley and Carlisle respectively.

Now back in league action after seven days without a game, Rosler says his side will be ready as they return to Highbury after three weeks away.

“It was important to give my players a rest this week,” said Rosler.

“Last week was a big ask for my players not only physically, but also mentally with the travelling, and to give my players that break, hopefully they’ll come back refreshed.

“We are now heading into a busy period with November and December, and now it’s important the team understand that sometimes less is more, and heading into the Doncaster game, being mentally fresh will help us.

“Having creativity against a top stat team will be key, and if we are creative in our minds, we will hopefully come out the best.”

Doncaster sit 16th in Sky Bet League One after being automatically promoted last season, with the German aware of the challenges they possess.

“Doncaster play a similar shape to us,” added Rosler.

“They have been very good against teams in the top of the table, and that is down to them being hard to break down.

“It will be a game with of individual duels all of the pitch, with both teams cancelling each other out, but it is important that we are patient.

“We know we need to play with a good tempo and be precise and calm on the ball and that is a difficult thing to do. 

“The players will know when we don’t have the ball, we need to be fire, and without the ball we need to be ice, and that is our challenge.”

Town are back at Highbury for the first time since the 2-0 win over Oxford United almost three weeks ago, with Rosler hoping that the fans can once again play their part in a positive result for the Cod Army.

“I am a big believer that we can’t except people to give us energy, that is down to the players to give that energy by doing their job on the pitch.

“When we play with a good tempo, play with confidence and on the front foot, our supporters will stay with us and that happened at MK Dons. My players got a round of applause and everybody saw what we delivered.

“It is up to us in the home games to take the initiative and get things right.”

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