Uwe Rosler says former Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander’s new Scunthorpe side will be a force to be reckoned with this term.
Tomorrow Alexander brings his unbeaten Iron side to Highbury for the first time since Town sacked him last September.
Fleetwood’s new head coach Uwe Rosler has backed Alexander’s big-budget side to do well this season.
But the 47-year-old also says Town can beat anyone on their day and as the ex-Wigan manager wants his charges to start their home league campaign with a win after Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Leeds in the EFL Cup.
Rosler said: “Graham did a really good job at this football club and he is now managing a club that has ambitions to win promotion.
“Comparing their budget to ours is a benchmark. They have been very close last season and this season they are really a force to be reckoned with.
“That is what you get when you pay the dosh – they have a very experienced team, players who have been part of promotion-winning teams amd Championship teams.
“They have very much strength in depth. They can rotate and they have a high level of quality on the pitch. That is what I mean when I say they are a team to be reckoned with over the course of nine months.
“We have shown with our players, with our style of play and with the ideas we put forward that we can cause any opposition problems.
“We are home and we want to win at home. We want to get off the mark with three points.”
Rosler has been in the job less than two weeks and has just faced his old club Leeds, so he knows the emotions Alexander will feel when he steps out against Fleetwood.
He said: “I think that when you are doing a good job over time you always have strong feelings (for a club). Is it for the players, the board members, the supporters?
“I just wish Graham all the best in his career... but not on Saturday.”