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Rosler: We must remain strong following defeat

27 January 2018

Uwe Rosler has called on his team to remain strong after losing out narrowly to an in-form Gillingham side on Saturday.

A Tom Eaves brace - including a penalty in the first minute of second half stoppage time - gave the hosts the victory despite Paddy Madden putting Fleetwood ahead in the first half. 

Despite defending brilliantly in the second period, a late penalty was awarded and then converted to see Rosler’s side head back to Lancashire pointless.

“They were better second half, but I don’t think they out played us,” stated Rosler.

“They won a lot of second balls and had a lot of physicality that we tried to address in the second half by bringing on Bobby Grant, Wes Burns and Jordy Hiwula.

“We tried to pin them back, and we tried to attack them. We have good players up front who give us energy and ability and they work hard, and we nearly got the goal with Jordy from his very good cross.

“I just really feel sorry for the boys because too many times now we have lost the game at the end. It’s not about fitness, but it’s about mentality. We need to be strong.

“I felt like we tried to address that and yes, they had the momentum, but I felt pretty confident [going into the final stages of the game]. We needed to cope more with their physicality, that’s the bottom line.”

The conditions in Kent did little to help Rosler’s side, as the high winds played havoc with the flow of the match, and the German believes this hindered his side.

He said: “We have the players we have and we’re a very pressing team, and a very attacking team, but at sometimes today the conditions were really bad for both teams.

“Sometimes the ball was more in the air than in the ground and this is when it isn’t an advantage to us.”

Saturday’s game saw a debut for Kevin O’Connor, who joined on loan from Preston North End on Thursday.

“In the first half, the attack was all on Kevin O’Connor’s side,” added Rosler.

“He got really good support from Conor McAleny and he sacrificed himself to shut down that side. In the second half he addressed the attack and he was really good. Not much happened down his side."

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