Cole takes big strides forward and thanks Fleetwood boss

Devante Cole
Devante Cole

His boss was quick to praise his heroics against AFC Wimbledon, but Fleetwood striker Devante Cole returned the favour by praising the impact Uwe Rosler has had on his game.

When Rosler arrived at Highbury last summer, Cole (right) had only two Town goals to his name after a January switch from Bradford City.

He netted eight goals last term, his first in the league scored at Shrewsbury in January, though the end of his season was hampered by injury.

This season the 22-year-old’s three goals in two games have sealed wins over Northampton and Wimbledon.

The son of former Manchester United and England hotshot Andrew said: “(Rosler) has had an impact. Last season I was getting into my stride and scoring goals before I got injured. I just want to pick up from there and carry on scoring.

“Confidence is huge. As a striker, if you score goals you get confidence and you feel it will go in every time you hit it.

“It was a good day for me against AFC Wimbledon. It was nice to get goals and get the win for the team. That is the most important thing.

“You always want to get off to a good start and that just sets you up for the rest of the year.”

It was a big weekend for another Town forward, development squad striker Ashley Nadesan, who made his League debut a year on from his leap up from non-league Horley Town.

Nadesan came on for Jordy Hiwula in the 90th minute on Saturday and was ecstatic.

He said: “It was amazing for me. I didn’t expect it at all.

“I was buzzing to be on the bench and then to get the last five minutes was the most unreal experience of my career.

“I know the real work only begins now but I was just excited to get on the pitch!”

Nadesan got his shot after scoring for fun alongside fellow non-league recruit Alex Reid.

Former Rushall Olympic forward Reid, 21, has started his two-month loan at Wrexham with a bang, netting in his first two games for the National League side.

And Nadesan says the development squad pathway has benefited him as he hopes to build on last weekend’s cameo with more game-time in the first team.

He said: “The development squad is there to improve me as a player, and for me in my second season as a development squad player it has been unreal.

“I have scored goals and got assists too, and now to get a sniff in the first team is amazing.”