We have got Long way to go – Rosler

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Hale

FLEET­WOOD man­ager Uwe Rosler is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away af­ter his side moved to third in the league.

The Cod Army sur­vived on the fi­nal day of last term but look des­tined for a strong sea­son un­der the Ger­man’s guid­ance.

“We are third in the league but that isn’t im­por­tant at this stage of the sea­son,” Rosler said. “It’s good to get a win against a good foot­balling side in Coven­try.

“We’ve had a de­cent start and it’s good for con­fi­dence, but our aim is to sta­bilise af­ter last year and that hasn’t changed.

“Scor­ing goals in the right mo­ments is im­por­tant and I think that’s what we did. The sub­sti­tu­tions helped with that too.

“In the sec­ond half we had more tempo and in­ten­sity about us.

“But we have to look at why we weren’t like that in the first half.”

Fleet­wood nearly went ahead with 20 min­utes gone but David Ball’s ef­fort was cleared off the line by Coven­try’s dead­line day sign­ing James Sterry.

Chris Long was de­nied by a de­fender and Re­ice Charles-Cook in quick suc­ces­sion af­ter he had turned into the box.

Coven­try had the best chance of the game but Dan Agye saw his shot saved when he should have done much bet­ter.

Sterry forced Chris Neal into an early stop in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore Agye was also de­nied by the home keeper.

And it was Fleet­wood who went ahead de­spite City’s strong start to the sec­ond half as Long latched onto Kyle Dempsey’s through ball to score.

The hosts sealed the points mid­way through the sec­ond half with sub­sti­tute Mar­tyn Wool­ford fir­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner mo­ments af­ter com­ing on. Lewis Page stung the gloves of Neal late on but their ef­forts did lit­tle to im­prove the mood of dis­ap­pointed Coven­try man­ager Tony Mow­bray.

“The ul­ti­mate thought is of dis­ap­point­ment af­ter a game we lost,” he said. “If you don’t score a goal you don’t have a chance of win­ning a game.

“We had chances to score goals and we didn’t take them.

“When you go be­hind you’ve got a moun­tain to climb.

“I don’t think we lack be­lief but that will start hap­pen­ing if we aren’t win­ning games.

“It’s a young team and we haven’t had much time to work with it but we’ve fallen short again.

“I hope we have put to­gether a team that can score goals and win games in this league.”

STAR MAN CHRIS LONG Fleet­wood

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