Man­agers clash as Cod Army tri­umph

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

SUP­PORT­ERS who were inside the High­bury Sta­dium on Satur­day may not need to scan down to Uwe Rosler’s post-match quotes to find out that he won’t be go­ing on a din­ner-date with Bris­tol Rovers man­ager Dar­rell Clarke any time soon.

The two weren’t the best of friends when their sides met at the Me­mo­rial Ground ear­lier this sea­son and in the re­verse fix­ture Rosler claimed brag­ging rights as Ash­ley Hunter, Cian Bol­ger and David Ball goals can­celled out one in re­ply from Rovers’ Billy Bodin.

But a dis­ap­pointed Clarke didn’t hold back his thoughts on his Ger­man op­po­site num­ber af­ter an­other heated touch­line spat when Nathan Pond went down in­jured.

He said: “I’ve been in the game a long time. Fleet­wood’s a great club with a great owner but the con­duct of the man­ager, I’ve never seen any­thing like it in my life.

“I know how to win and lose foot­ball matches. I know how to be­have my­self. I’m not a sore loser ei­ther. Credit to the Fleet­wood play­ers but his con­duct was a shame.

“You cer­tainly don’t see my bench re­act like that. We’re pro­fes­sional and dis­ci­plined. When he’s do­ing hand sig­nals and swear­ing at my play­ers – it’s the name of the game re­ally but I’m sure he’s glad he’s won.”

Fleet­wood took the lead in the open­ing 15 min­utes as Hunter found the bot­tom cor­ner from just inside the box.

The hosts were soon two goals to the good as Ge­orge Glen­don’s cor­ner went over ev­ery­one but Bol­ger who volleyed home.

Tom Lock­yer then es­caped red for an offthe-ball in­ci­dent with Ball.

Bodin fired home with an in­jury to Pond in the build-up lead­ing to emo­tions run­ning high on both benches, and Rosler un­happy with Rovers not kick­ing the ball out an then not giv­ing it back when his side did.

The ob­scene ges­tures fi­nally came to an end and Ball’s ex­pertly taken goal sealed the win. Rosler said: “Ev­ery­body could see Nathan Pond strug­gle with a knee in­jury. We put the ball out, they didn’t give the ball back to us with sports­man­ship.

“You know how it is – I think emo­tions cook over. For me, we move on. He makes a big thing out of that but I al­ways say ‘if you’re in a glass house, you should not throw stones’. They can say what they want af­ter the game, I’m not do­ing that. They can cry and whine about it. I won’t in­vite him to din­ner tonight, he won’t in­vite me.”

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