Rosler: Fleetwood must never stand still

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Uwe Rosler is pleased his Fleetwood team are finding ways to win but stressed there is still room for development.

Town are on a club record 16-game unbeaten league run, which is matched only by Manchester United in the top four tiers of English football.

Fleetwood’s run coincides with a switch to a 3-5-2 formation and the elevation of Alex Cairns to first choice keeper. That defensive structure has been the cornerstone of Town’s success, with eight clean sheets in those 16 games.

And as they prepare to host Northampton on Saturday, Rosler says you can never stand still in football. The head coach said: “At the beginning of the season we were freescoring but conceded too many goals.

“I like scoring and to have as many offensive players on the pitch, but in the end I get judged on results.

“We needed to do something to find the right solution and at the moment we are finding a way to win games.

“But we need to develop. I believe in evolving. You can’t stand still in football. You always need to find new ways and at the moment it is working.

“The defensive structure of the team is the base but we have also different weapons offensively.”

Rosler is working to develop more attacking weapons and was pleased to see defender Ash Eastham joining five-goal centre-half Cian Bolger as a set-piece threat at MK Dons, where Bolger scored the only goal.

Rosler said: “I know Cian can do that. We have special qualities on set-pieces and we have to use them.

“I was very happy that Ash had a bullet header that was cleared off the line because we have not seen that too many times. That is another weapon and we need more, so it is more difficult for the opposition to stop us.”

Rosler experimented with Cameron Brannagan in a number 10 role up front with Devante Cole at MK Dons.

Rosler added: “It was Cameron’s second game in five days and it is all part of his learning curve. He will get better and he gave me everything.

“I’m very happy with him and very happy with the squad.”