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Rosler highlights Pompey trip as one of highlights of the season

15 September 2017

Uwe Rosler has described Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Portsmouth as one of the highlights of the season for his team.

Rosler’s side travel to Fratton Park to face Pompey just ten years on from the South coast club winning the FA Cup at Wembley.

Now with both sides firmly in League One, Rosler is expecting a tough game from Kenny Jackett’s team.             

“I used to live on the South coast so I know how big of a club they are, in terms of history and how big the club will be in the future,” said Rosler.

“They have attracted Kenny who is a well-respected manager who in my opinion is a Championship manager managing in League One.

“They attracted such a high profile manager and shows the ambition they have. We have only played them twice in the history between the two clubs, and we have respect for the club, manager and crowd. We go there as a clear underdog and like last season this can be good for us.”

The German was speaking to the media after Town picked up four points from their last two home games, including a thrilling 3-2 over Bury on Tuesday night.

“When I described the game chronologically I kept saying I was very happy with the way we played in big parts of the game,” added Rosler.

“The first half was exceptional and shows what heights we can hit when we are really on it. You can only beat the team that was in front of you and the way we played in the first half was very good. I still felt we were in control in the second half, obviously we had to chase the game and got the winner.

“The last five-ten minutes clouded the whole game and we should not have the assumption that the game was won. It was not how we wanted to end the game but the majority was how we wanted to play the game.

“When you see how we have played at home, I think our supporters are value for their money. We are scoring goals within dramatic stages in the game – I am pleased because they are getting quality but I am not always pleased because of my heart!”

Rosler also provided an insight into his squad and who might be travelling to Fratton Park.

“Normally the third game in an intense week you have to pick the players, in a way to raise their energy and make them focus again, but I didn’t need to do that today.

“He [Conor McAleny] will be on the plane. We are not taking any tourists to Portsmouth.”


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