Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler’s reaction to the 3-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers

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Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler was pleased with the character his players showed in their 3-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Town went behind in the 27th minute as a short-corner routine by Rovers eventually lead to Joe Partington’s cross being nodded on by Rory Gaffney into the path of the unmarked Stuart Sinclair who blasted the ball home.

Video footage later showed that Gaffney was offside and the forward also appeared to impede Town skipper Nathan Pond in the build-up.

A fine 25-yard strike from Billy Bodin just two minutes before the break gave the hosts a 2-0 lead and Fleetwood an uphill battle in the second half.

But they fought back valiantly after the introduction of Ash Hunter for Bobby Grant at the break saw Town look more dangerous on the attack.

Hunter had a big part to play in Town’s goal, whipping a peach of a cross in from the right for Devante Cole to volley home his fourth goal in three games from close range in the 60th minute.

Town had the momentum after that goal but could not find a leveller with substitute Ellis Harrison ending any hopes of a Fleetwood comeback as he guided home a Partington cross from the right.

Rosler praised the impact of forward Hunter and his side’s character though says there is still work to do on the training pitch.

He said: “I think last week I was disappointed winning 2-0 with the way we played, this week I am happy.

“First goal there is only one person who decided that goal (the referee John Busby) we were absolutely in control.

“Second half as well we were absolutely in control.

“I said to the players we are having them players on the pitch through also substitutions not everybody knows their jobs good enough, that cost us.

“First goal came in the second phase from a corner, we are normally very good on that but the players have to pick up quicker now because we have been talking about those things since pre-season.

“But in general I am not disappointed.

“We chased the game in the right way, we showed great character in the way we chased it.

“The substitution of Ash Hunter helped us very much.

“I can’t be too disappointed, I need to see the bigger picture and definitely an improved performance from last week.”