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Rosler happy with response from ten man Fleetwood

14 October 2017


Rosler happy with response from ten man Fleetwood

14 October 2017

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Uwe Rosler says he was very happy with his team’s response following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Rochdale.

Rosler’s side fell behind early in the second half, despite going into the break with a 1-0 lead following Ashley Eastham’s first half opener.

But a late Devante Cole equaliser ensured the Cod Army remain unbeaten in October.

“We reacted well as we had nothing to lose,” said Rosler.

“I wish we had that mentality earlier on in the game. I’m very happy with the way we finished as we put them under severe pressure.

“I can see why Rochdale don’t concede many goals. They are robust, and they have a lot of energy about them and strength at the back, which made it difficult for us today.

“We went 1-0 up when we weren’t playing great, but we were compact and we did our jobs well in the first half.

“We needed to seal up the first 15 minutes of the [second] half, as we knew what was coming from them in that period. We knew they’d open up as the game went on, but we didn’t do our job.”

A key moment in the game came when referee John Brooks sent off striker Wes Burns, a decision which perhaps looked harsh.  

“It wasn’t a red card for me,” added Rosler.

“Wes gave the referee the option to send him off in an area of the pitch where there was no need to do it, and he has.

“He was doing well when he came on, and put pressure on Jordy [Hiwula] for a starting place but now we miss him for three games which is a huge loss.”

However another of Rosler’s strikers continued to fire, with Cole netting his eighth league goal of the season. 

“Devante is in great from and he can cope with three games in a week,” declared Rosler.

“He has a huge stability about him, and I can’t justify taking him off at the moment. When you work as hard as he does, you get rewards, so all credit to him.”

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