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Rosler highlights unpredictable nature of Fleetwood side ahead of Bradford trip

25 September 2017

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Uwe Rosler says the unpredictable nature of his Fleetwood Town side makes Tuesday night’s game at Bradford City an interesting one.

Rosler’s side head to West Yorkshire after four wins, one draw and three defeats from their opening eight Sky Bet League One fixtures.

With the Bantams only losing one of their last 34 league games at home, Rosler is aware his side’s task on Tuesday night will be a tough one.

“We are a little bit unpredictable,” said Rosler.

“But being unpredictable can go both ways and I wouldn’t bet against us coming away with something.

“Stuart McCall did a good job last season, he got his players in really late and had a very good season. This year he lost some key players – like we did – and all the new players they have brought in have adapted very quickly.

“They play a similar way like last year, and they again will be a force to be reckoned with and for us we look forward to what we will be a great challenge.

“For our football club it is not normal to be playing in Premier League stadiums in front of 20,000 and I personally look forward to it – that’s why I chose this profession! It gets your adrenaline pumping and you want to match yourself against one of the best in the league and I’m sure my players think the same.”

Despite a tight turnaround from Saturday’s game with Southend United, the German says he has been able to do some good work with his players since the match.

“We have to work with the players and sometimes the work is not just on the pitch, either talking to the players or having a chat about certain things.

“We’ve tried to simplify things and make it a clear task by remembering one or two things. We’ve tried to take the pressure off them and give players targets they can reach and give them confidence again.

“We can’t afford for our best players to not be on the pitch, it’s as simple as that. Our squad is good, but with certain players it is very difficult for us to replace.

“I think our supporters have been supporting us even when our results in the last five games have been up and down where we have been conceding too many goals.

“I think people are seeing what we are trying to do with the makeup of our squad compared to last year and we are working as hard and as focused as last year – and I can assure our supporters of this.

“I think we need to tweak here and there to simplify the games because then things are not going for you, you need simple instructions and small steps on the way to get your confidence back.”

Rosler has also revealed in his pre-match press conference that midfielder Kyle Dempsey is available for selection after serving a one-match suspension for a red card.

“He let us down with a silly red card at Portsmouth and tomorrow is a good opportunity to show us what a good performer he has been this season,” stated Rosler.

“I think with Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell, they have been the best three players who have been quite stable for us.”

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