Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler says injured duo Chris Long and Kyle Dempsey will be assessed today.

Fleetwood boss Uwe upbeat despite double trouble

Monday, 26th September 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:11 pm
Chris Long is injured

On-loan Burnley striker Long went off in the 28th minute of the 4-1 home defeat by MK Dons, while midfielder Dempsey was withdrawn midway through the second half.

Their knocks could mean an opportunity for other players when Town visit Bradford City tomorrow.

Head coach Rosler said: “I just told my players we need to do the same when we go to Bradford. Dempsey and Long will have scans but I’m quite sure we will be very competitive with Bradford.

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“Ideally I would like those two players available, but I always say to players who have not been playing as much as they wish that their time will come and they have to be ready for it.

“There will be a few changes for Bradford and I look forward to seeing those players (who come into the side) in action.”

One player who did take his chance was debutant striker Alex Jakubiak, who replaced Long and became Town’s 100th EFL player.

Rosler said of the on-loan Watford striker: “He was good coming on under the circumstances. I think he did well for his debut.

“I think people saw his qualities – he worked hard, he was willing to press, he is a very good hold-up player, he can turn, he looks strong and he shows all the ingredients we need for our front line, so I was pleased.”

But it was another loan signing who stole the show – the Dons’ winger from Wigan Ryan Colclough scored a hat-trick, including one of the visitors’ two penalties.

Town rallied as Bobby Grant’s 70th-minute goal made it 3-1 but back-to-back defeats have seen Rosler’s side slip to mid-table.

The manager said: “I was more hurt last week against Rochdale because the performance against MK Dons did not reflect the score in the end.

“Every goal was an individual mistake, but for me we got a reality check because I think overall we played a good game. We played a team of Championship quality and they had that little bit more quality.

“Every little mistake we made they punished, especially the left winger (Colclough).

“For controlled possession, it was probably one of our best games against one of the best teams in the league.

“When you see our fixture list, after this week we will have played all of the top teams. The players will not lose their confidence because they know they did a lot of things right.”

“We had the chances at the right time with the right momentum, but we did not convert them.

“Now we have to cope with injuries and disapointment. We have to see where that takes us.”