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Rosler's honest assessment following Pompey defeat

16 September 2017

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Head coach Uwe Rosler has given an honest assessment of Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

A brace each from Jamal Lowe and Brett Pitman downed Town, despite Devante Cole getting on the scoresheet with a stunning goal early in the second.

Rosler had admitted mistakes cost his side today, but feels his side should have been ahead in the game.

“The first ten minutes we were good and should have taken the lead,” said Rosler.

“Portsmouth got ahead. It was a mistake from us. There was a slow build up and we had enough bodies to deal with it, but we didn’t.

“We got the equaliser in the second half but yet again we weren’t quick enough and they scored again.

“Portsmouth’s goals came when they were on top and unfortunately they have affected us more than them. That’s the bottom line.”

The German has taken positives from the defeat though, and was pleased with his team’s play in certain periods, adding that he knows his side will improve.

“We did well at the start of the second half and got the back into the game,” added Rosler.  

“We did then concede a cheap goal. I know we will better, and I know we have more points than this stage last season, plus we have a game in hand so I know we will get better.”

He has also called for his players to react in the right way from the defeat to prepare for next weekend’s game with Southend United.

“The players need to be honest with each other and we have to learn from it. We have to be unified and prepare for the Southend game.

Rosler was also keen to express his delight at the return of one of his from injury, as Conor McAleny returned from his early season set back.

“Conor did well today, and it is good for him getting 45 minutes, but obviously the Conor that left us six weeks isn’t the same Conor who showed up today, but we know it will take time and be patient with him.”

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