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Rosler: Substitutions key in Southend triumph

14 January 2018

Uwe Rosler says his substitutes changed the game as Fleetwood Town came out victorious in their 2-1 win over Southend United.

Rosler’s side have now won five games away from home in all competitions in a row, after Toumani Diagouraga and Paddy Madden scored second half goals on their full debut for the club.

The head coach mentioned the experience that the Shrimpers had on the pitch, but praised his players for their approach in the second half.
“I am very happy and delighted with the three points," said Rosler.
“The first half was 50/50 and I think we got sucked in to their way of playing.
“They didn’t play through the middle, and the pitch was very poor for both teams so they obviously were clear on how they wanted to play.
“In the second half the game opened up, and we looked the better team and I have to say the substitutions won us the game.
“We look like the team from last season, staying in games until the 70th minute, and then making a change, and those players having the quality and ability to decide the games."
With players coming back from injury, and new signings coming into the team, the German was impressed with how his team played and is happy to have those options on the bench.
“Gethin Jones played his first game for us today as well,” added Rosler.
“As the game developed, we adapted and our fitness paid dividend.
“We looked more energetic and the second goal came from a great pressing situation, and we forced the mistakes from them and we got the rewards.
“I think it’s different to what it was like 2-3 months ago. The players who have been injured are back and in contention to start games, and along with new signings, we have options.
“We may lose one or two in January but we do look more healthy and far more balanced."

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