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Spirit shown is huge positive: Rosler

4 February 2018

Uwe Rosler says he is very encouraged by the spirit his players showed in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Scunthorpe United.

Rosler’s side were two goals down, and a man less after Ashley Eastham’s dismissal, before goals from Ashley Hunter and Bobby Grant drew Town level midway through the second half. 

However, Ivan Toney’s late free-kick sealed the points for the away side, in what was a hugely encouraging second half display from the Cod Army. 

“I am very encouraged to see the spirit my players showed,” said the German.

“We worked hard on the shape of the team, especially when we were down to ten men we had to get them on the counter attack.

“My players never gave up and they were really disciplined, and that isn’t one of the strengths of this time.

“We gathered momentum and from that we got our goal.

“It was great to see the spirit.”

Rosler wasn’t too impressed with the referee’s decision to show Eastham a red card, but he also credited new signing Charlie Oliver.

“He was one metre away from the ball,” added Rosler, when describing the penalty incident.

“I have to say it was definitely hand ball, and I am not complaining about that.

“But he couldn’t move out of the way.

“I thought Oliver did well when he came out, even though he has been fast tracked into our club.

“He did really well to cope with the physicality that Scunthorpe had and that isn’t easy for your first game.

“I am really happy with his performance.”

Rosler spoke about the team’s last few games performances, and highlighted areas in which the squad need to improve on.

“The problem has been when we are losing matches.

“We start to commit players forward when we have the ball, and that’s when the opposition start to counter us.

“It is sometimes school boy stuff that is hindering us at the moment, but we need to choose our moments better.

“Better teams will punish us, but today I am just very pleased with my players reactions."


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