UWE: PRES­SURE IS ON MILL­WALL

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

FLEET­WOOD Town boss Uwe Rosler has piled the pres­sure on Mill­wall ahead of their crunch match on Mon­day by claim­ing the game is more im­por­tant for the Lions in their hunt for a play-off place.

Rosler’s third-placed side sit five points clear of their op­po­nents, who oc­cupy the fi­nal play-off po­si­tion af­ter both sides won on Fri­day, with Fleet­wood hold­ing off a Peter­bor­ough United fight­back.

First-half goals from Bobby Grant and Ash­ley Eastham were enough for the vis­i­tors de­spite Craig Mack­ail-Smith’s sec­ond-half strike.

Rosler, who hopes to have striker De­vante Cole and de­fender Cian Bol­ger back for the Mill­wall match, said: “It’s a fi­nal for them, and for us, but for them more. The im­por­tance of the game is big and they all know that in our dress­ing room.” Re­flect­ing on his side’s win at Peter­bor­ough, he added: “It’s a very good re­sult but we are not over the line. Even though we have achieved our goal, ev­ery­one else won so we need a re­sult against Mill­wall. “We were out­stand­ing first-half and we should have got one or two more goals, then the game would have been over at half­time. Sec­ond half we played for the re­sult and we didn’t play the game.

“We needed to make sure we were still threat­en­ing and still at­tack­ing.”

Fleet­wood took ad­van­tage of some slack de­fend­ing against Posh, with Grant tap­ping in David Ball’s low cross, be­fore Ge­orge Glen­don slipped away from 17-year-old debu­tant An­drea Borg and squared it to Eastham for an easy tap-in.

Mar­cus Mad­di­son sparked some life into the match when he surged down the left and crossed for a stretch­ing Mack­ail-Smith to poke in. And the striker nearly sal­vaged a late point for Posh, but vis­i­tors’ goal­keeper Alex Cairns saved his closerange header.

Mid-ta­ble Posh travel to AFC Wim­ble­don on Mon­day look­ing to avoid a re­peat of their poor per­for­mance in the re­verse fix­ture where they lost 1-0.

Man­ager Grant McCann said: “It will be a dif­fer­ent type of game. Wim­ble­don will try and get balls into the front two. Phys­i­cally we will have to be strong de­fen­sively and hope­fully our at­tack­ing threat can hurt them. They over­pow­ered us phys­i­cally [last time]. I re­mem­ber it like yes­ter­day.”

McCann, who gave de­buts to both Borg and another 17-yearold in left-back Lewis Free­stone against Fleet­wood, added: “First half, the game was very stretched and we could not get close to them. Sec­ond half was a re­ally pos­i­tive per­for­mance and we were prob­a­bly un­lucky not to get a point.

“I was pleased with young An­drea and Lewis. I thought they han­dled them­selves bril­liantly. Lewis grew into the game. I thought sec­ond-half he was ex­cel­lent and that’s pleas­ing.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Ian Lyall

CUSH­ION: Fleet­wood Town cel­e­brate their sec­ond goal scored by Ash­ley Eastham INSET: Fleet­wood mid­fielder Bobby Grant scores their first JOY: Uwe Rosler

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