Three wins in a row but Fleetwood boss is disappointed

Despite a third straight League One win and another clean sheet, Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler could not hide an air of disappointment and said his Town team need to go for the jugular.

Monday, 21st August 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:47 pm
Fleetwood celebrate Cole's second

Rosler believes his side settled for their 2-0 Highbury win over Doncaster after Devante Cole scored his second in the 57th minute.

Rosler wanted Town to push on and go for more goals. But instead Fleetwood had to fight off intense pressure from the Dons.

Rosler says it is something he will address this week as he wants his third-placed side to be confident in their own ability and keep playing football.

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However, the head coach did praise Kyle Dempsey and Aiden O’Neill, who started together in central midfield for the first time.

Rosler said: “I think Kyle and Aiden look really good individually but also as a pair.

“Wimbledon are not the Wimbledon from last year. They don’t have as many tall players but they still caused us problems on set-pieces.

“They had a number of chances. I think that just mirrored our performance a little bit.

“I feel we need to be better in general but the main aspect is we need to play more football, especially when we are leading.

“We need to show a little more confidence and more bravery because we can do it.

“I am not asking for something that we can’t do because we have shown it so many times.

“We played the result too early and it backfired.”

Rosler revealed his side chose to attack the away end in the second half due to the windy conditions.

He was pleased with how they coped with the elements in the first half but says the weather had no impact on that “below par” second-half showing.

He added: “We are happy with the three points and another clean sheet.

“We are not happy with the second-half performance.

“After a good first half, when we had to cope with very difficult conditions and we coped really well, I was really looking forward to the second half.

“But as soon as Devante scored the second goal we stopped playing football.

“We played the result – we defended, we had not enough players who wanted the ball on the pitch and we forced problems on ourselves by inviting the opposition. We need to correct that mentality because that is not what we want.

“That is not the way we want to go forward because eventually that will not lead to more wins.

“But I address it already and we will address it this week.

“In general we are happy that we got another three points and a clean sheet but we need to see the bigger picture.

“The only way to go forward is by learning to keep the ball more and be brave under pressure.

“When you are leading by two goals, what is stopping you going for the third and the fourth?

“In the second half the performance from us was nothing to do with the conditions.

“In the first half we had the wrong side, and we actually played on that side on purpose because we wanted to be strong at the end.

“We did really well (in the first half). We passed the ball and we were active.

Our two midfielders were really good throughout the 90 minutes. I compliment them.

“But in the second half we stopped all of the good habits and that can’t happen.”