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Rosler delighted with second half performance in Oxford win

28 October 2017

Uwe Rosler says he was very impressed with his side’s second half performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Oxford United.

Two late goals from Bobby Grant and Jordy Hiwula sealed all three points for Town in a thrilling final five minutes at Highbury.

The German was very pleased with how his side went about the match, and felt the points were well deserved in front of Town's supporters.

“It was a game of two halves,” said Rosler.

“In the first-half we tried a new shape and to be fair to Oxford, they pressed us and stopped us playing the way we wanted to play. The conditions today didn’t help us; especially when we were playing forward.

“I thought in the second half we were fantastic. We didn’t give them anything and I thought our midfield ran the show. Our strikers created chances down one end, with the impact substitutes helping us get over the line.

“We were back to our best.”

Rosler saw his side enter the half-time break goalless against Pep Clotet’s side, and believed the change of shape was the difference in his side keeping a clean sheet and taking away the points.

“There’s no question about us going on to win the game,” added Rosler.

“I don’t think Oxford had a clear opportunity throughout the 90 minutes. My players gained more belief, and we stood our ground the longer the match went on. We looked the fitter side in my opinion and even with the wind, it didn't affect my players. 

“We needed that clean sheet today. We got the win and I am very thankful to my players that we could give our supporters a good victory because in the next four games, we are away from home.”

Midfielder Grant was praised by his boss on what was his 100th appearance for the club in the EFL.

“Bobby was a typical example of how our whole team played. When we changed formation; he was one of our best players and played a very strong game. 

“He grinded through the game and with that little bit extra; he scored us that all-important goal. Bobby played a huge role in our second goal with his lay off to Hiwula. 

“We have that never say die attitude."

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