UWE: PRESSURE IS ON MILLWALL
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.”
CUSHION: Fleetwood Town celebrate their second goal scored by Ashley Eastham INSET: Fleetwood midfielder Bobby Grant scores their first JOY: Uwe Rosler