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Rosler happy with fight shown in draw at Scunthorpe

18 October 2017

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Uwe Rosler says he was happy with the fight his side showed after coming back from a goal down to salvage a point at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

Town trailed at Glanford Park in the first half courtesy to a Lee Novak’s bundled effort from a corner, but Jordy Hiwula’s goal five minutes from time secured a deserved point.

Despite the late goal, Rosler thought it could have been an even better night for the Cod Army.

“I think we deserved more than one point,” said Rosler.

“We gave away two points tonight as I felt we were the better team on the pitch. We had more of the ball, more chances and passed the ball around nicely. Scunthorpe only had one cross in the second half and we limited them to long-range shots. 

“We did everything we could to get that equaliser. I believe we will always score with the ability we have and with the introduction of Conor McAleny and Ashley Hunter, we played with a higher tempo and caused them problems and with that, the goal came. I am happy.”

“The three guys up top put pressure on their defenders and put them on the back foot.

“We wore them out and I think we forced them to make mistakes and those little nudges and bumps had an effect. Jordy did just that and he got his rewards.”

“We saw them low on confidence and took advantage of that, but we didn’t do enough to get that second goal. If we scored earlier and had fifteen more minutes, we maybe would have got another late goal.”

The German was in reflective mood after the match, and was pleased with the way his side got something out of the game – against a side who finished in the playoffs last season.

“In one way I am happy because this is the first time we have gone one down and then come back to get something out of a game.

“In other games we have been leading and then gone behind ourselves so this time it is mixed feeling. 

“Where we are at the moment is a fair reflection with a game in hand, and with the fact that Conor McAleny is back is a positive one. It’s not fantastic but it’s good for us.”

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