DEFEAT DOESN’T BOTHER ROSLER
UWE Rosler insists he is not worried that promotion-chasing Fleetwood might choke over the final few games of the season, after Swindon picked up a massive three points at Highbury Stadium to increase their chances of beating the League One drop.
Nicky Ajose scored the only goal of the game ten minutes from time to hand his side the win and frustrate Uwe Rosler’s Cod Army, who are fighting for places at the opposite end of the table.
The Robins forward raced in behind the Fleetwood defence, checked back inside and curled the ball past goalkeeper Alex Cairns with unerring accuracy, to send the 323 travelling fans back down the M6 with smiles on their faces.
After the victory against Millwall last weekend, the Robins have given themselves a real lifeline of remaining in England’s third tier for next season.
The Cod Army, however, have now failed to score in their last three matches as they continue to lose ground on Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United for the two elusive automatic promotion spots.
And with speculation circling around Highbury Stadium that Rosler is potentially on his way out to take the reins at Norwich City, there was a real sense that the Fleetwood fans were running out of patience in this game.
“Obviously we’re disappointed, we’re always disappointed when we’re not winning,” said Rosler.
“I felt first half we had some good chances, especially the one with Ash Hunter.
“Then in the second half their substitutions lifted them and they got a little bit on top of us, and it’s a mistake leading to their winner.
“We need to regroup and go again Wednesday, we have enough games to reach our target.
“We’ve just had a period where every shot we had went in, now we need a lot of chances but as long as we are getting them I am not too worried.”
Many people would have thought Swindon had too much work to do stay in League One, but head coach Luke Williams is staying positive.
He said: “We have to believe we can stay in this league, we’ve got five games left and we’re going to treat them all as cup finals.
“The lads were fantastic here and thoroughly deserved the three points, the fans were brilliant as well travelling all that way up here to support their team.
“No one expected us to get anything from this game, so we went into it without any pressure on us.
“That relaxed us and allowed us to play our game especially in the second half.
“MK Dons next week is another big game, but we’re just looking at it as an opportunity for us to get another three points and will keep working hard.”
GROUND FORCE: Nathan Thompson tussles with David Ball. Inset: Swindon celebrate Nicky Ajose’s goal JOY: Swindon keeper Lawrence Vigouroux