DE­FEAT DOESN’T BOTHER ROSLER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam All­sop

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.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

GROUND FORCE: Nathan Thomp­son tus­sles with David Ball. In­set: Swin­don cel­e­brate Nicky Ajose’s goal JOY: Swin­don keeper Lawrence Vigouroux

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