Rosler's northern powerhouse at Fleetwood

Uwe Rosler is keen to use Fleetwood's position on the Fylde coast to their advantage and build on Highbury's fortress reputation.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:37 pm
Uwe Rosler

Like a medieval castle, Highbury can be battered by fierce weather opponents are not used to. Their fast-flowing play has also battered visitors – Town are unbeaten at home in League One since September, winning their last five there.

And ahead of tomorrow’s visit from Walsall, head coach Rosler said: “I think historically Fleetwood is better (at) home than away. I think it is a challenge for us to get that sort of confidence, belief and front-foot football away from home.

“We are working on that and I think we get better because our performances are not reflecting the points we get away from home.

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“At home we play with freedom, with a high level of energy. People don’t like to come to Fleetwood, simple as that. It is important that we use our conditions and geography to our advantage, make Highbury a fortress and try to win as many games as we can here.”

Walsall, who are eight places but only three points behind eighth-placed Town, had their feet up last weekend after a first-round FA Cup exit and Rosler added: “They are a very willing team, closing down from the front, good in transition and they got a fantastic win (in their last game) at Sheffield United.

“That shows how good they can be, and without the ball I saw a lot of similarities to us. They have had a little break to work on their shape and game-plan.”

Town are outside the play-off zone on goal difference but Rosler insists their targets have not changed. “In general there is not a big difference between number five or six and number 19 or 20,” he said.

“I always said we need to make sure we get enough points as soon as possible and give ourselves a chance to look upwards and that is what we are doing now. The team is in a good place.

“The team had to cope with blows in terms of players being out over time, but people stepped in and did a very good job for themselves and, first and foremost, for the team. We are five games unbeaten and will do everything to keep that going.”

Town will again be without the injured Jimmy Ryan (foot), Ash Eastham (jaw) and Martyn Woolford (knee), while Michael Duckworth (groin) is a doubt.

Rosler does have six strikers at his disposal and said: “I select four out of six because of how they play in games and how they train. The selection is not difficult.”

David Ball, Devante Cole, Ash Hunter and Chris Long have been getting the nod, with Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Alex Jakubiak missing out.