The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett

LE­ICES­TER City’s re­mark­able Pre­mier League suc­cess has set the trend for smaller clubs look­ing to punch above their weight.

Fleet­wood Town boss Uwe Rosler is us­ing the Foxes’ tri­umph as in­spi­ra­tion for his own am­bi­tions this sea­son.

Like Le­ices­ter, Fleet­wood were fan­cied for a strug­gle at the bot­tom, but their in­cred­i­ble cam­paign has cap­ti­vated sup­port­ers.

Their un­beaten league run stood at 18 games and launched them into the top two, be­fore yes­ter­day’s mam­moth clash with Bolton Wan­der­ers.

The Cod Army have their des­tiny in their own hands. Though the pres­sure is crank­ing up ev­ery week, Rosler thinks they can cope.

And he has urged his side to plough ev­ery­thing into the fi­nal two months and com­plete a mag­i­cal cam­paign.

“No­body could see that Le­ices­ter City would win the Pre­mier League and no­body could see that Fleet­wood Town would be ahead of Bolton with ten games to go,” said Rosler.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for us. I said to the play­ers these next two months could change their lives.

“Two months more of sac­ri­fices, train­ing and play­ing to your limit be­cause it can change your life.

“As in life, you need to choose the op­por­tu­nity when it comes around. I hope my play­ers use that great op­por­tu­nity for their own sake, for their own ca­reers and their fam­i­lies.”

Fleet­wood are the sur­prise pack­age among the pro­mo­tion con­tenders, with Sh­effield United, Bolton and Mill­wall all ex­pected to be in the fight.

But, with ex­pec­ta­tions al­ready sur­passed, Rosler is con­vinced his troops can at­tack the fi­nal few games with aban­don.

“I say to the play­ers there is no pres­sure on us. The only pres­sure we have is to perform to our abil­ity,” he added.

LEADER: Uwe Rosler

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