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Rosler expecting positive reaction from players

21 September 2017


Rosler expecting positive reaction from players

21 September 2017

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Uwe Rosler says he is expecting a positive reaction from his players when they face Southend United on Saturday in Sky Bet League.

Rosler’s side return to Highbury following a 4-1 defeat at Portsmouth last Saturday, but have been very impressive on their home ground and remain unbeaten there in the league.

Ahead of facing The Blues on Saturday, Rosler – who spoke to the press at Poolfoot Farm on Thursday – said he was pleased with the work done on the training field this week.

“I think we have had a good week so far,” said Rosler.

“It is now we need to get all the good work into the game on Saturday because that is the most important thing.

“We don’t like losing. We are not a group of players or a club – in the last 13 months – who is used to losing a lot. Of course we all are expecting a reaction, from the players to the coaches and from the coaches to the players.

“I think we have a big week coming up, starting off with a home game which is always positive. We know what we can do at home and we have shown that in an impressive manor in our home games with the football we have played and the goals we have scored.

“On Saturday we need to focus on stopping conceding goals because we have had 11 in four games and for a team who last season had the most clean sheets in the league, too many.”

Rosler comes up against the management team of Phil Brown and Brian Horton, the latter the German knows well as he was his first manager at Manchester City during Rosler’s playing career.

“I know Phil and especially Brian Horton – my former manager who signed me at Manchester City – and the games last season especially at home were very competitive.

“We was actually fortunate to get the equaliser which was a big point for us as it kept Southend at distance for the playoff places.

“Southend is a club with a different model to us, which is interesting. They are getting a lot of experienced players who are in their prime of their careers with a lot of games under their belt and have good game management. We are completely the opposite.

“Southend didn’t have the best start to the season, but they also didn’t have the best start last season but the longer the season goes, those experienced players will win them games. They are a force to be reckoned with, it is two different models playing against each other and we are looking forward to it.”

The 48-year-old also gave an insight into how he thinks the game will go on Saturday.

“I think it will be cagey,” added Rosler.

“I think we have a game plan which hopefully will work for us, but you never know. I’m sure Phil will come up with something like he did last year, but it’s just an interesting battle between the two clubs and hopefully 100% [unbeaten] record going [at home].”

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