Rosler joy as Town step into un­known

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Richard Latham

min­utes when De­vante Cole’s low cross was met at the near post by David Ball and City keeper Frank Field­ing spread him­self to save.

It was one of just a few clear chances in a game that saw the hosts lose Field­ing and cap­tain Korey Smith to first-half in­juries.

With Hegeler impressing on the right side of a back-three, City pro­duced plenty of neat ap­proach play with­out cre­at­ing many clear op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mark Lit­tle forced a good first-half save from Alex Cairns, while Djuric shot into the sidenet­ting when well placed.

The sec­ond half saw the hosts be­come in­creas­ingly frus­trated as their mea­sured at­tacks lacked a fi­nal pen­e­trat­ing pass, and Lee John­son’s men ended up be­ing booed by their own fans.

John­son said: “I was ac­tu­ally quite pleased with the way we played. The new boys were fan­tas­tic, par­tic­u­larly as we had just one day to work with them on a new for­ma­tion. Jens Hegeler looked like a Rolls Royce.

“It was almost like a chess game at times and, while I am dis­ap­pointed not to have won, I am not go­ing to be de­featist. We stopped the rot of de­feats, kept a clean sheet and dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion. So we can move for­ward.” UWE ROSLER heaped praise on his Fleet­wood play­ers af­ter the League One side earned a place in the FA Cup fourthround draw for the first time in their his­tory.

The man­ager took pride in a solid and well-or­gan­ised dis­play that frus­trated Cham­pi­onship op­po­si­tion field­ing three new sign­ings in Jens Hegeler, Bailey Wright and Bos­nia in­ter­na­tional striker Mi­lan Djuric.

Fleet­wood cre­ated the best first-half chance and then de­fended with skill and tenac­ity as City dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion af­ter the break.

A de­lighted Rosler said: “They con­trolled the game in the sec­ond half, but it was credit to our de­fen­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion and at­ti­tude that we re­stricted them mainly to shots from out­side the box.

“Keep­ing our good record go­ing against a Cham­pi­onship club who have just made three great sign­ings was very pleas­ing.

“It’s fan­tas­tic for the club to be in the fourthround draw for the first time. But what pleased me most is that my play­ers stepped up to the tempo of fac­ing op­po­nents from a higher league.

“Their new play­ers gave Bris­tol City a lift and they played well, which makes our per­for­mance all the more sat­is­fy­ing.”

Fleet­wood almost took the lead on eight

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