The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF PREVIEW - By Richard Dore

THE pain of los­ing in the play-offs may still be fresh, but Fleet­wood Town man­ager Uwe Rosler be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ence will stand his play­ers in good stead in the fu­ture.

Af­ter los­ing 1-0 at Brad­ford City in the semi-fi­nal first leg, the Cod Army couldn’t get back on terms in the sec­ond leg last Sun­day, the match at High­bury end­ing goal­less.

De­spite the de­feat, Fleet­wood have plenty of pos­i­tives to take from the sea­son, in­clud­ing an 18game un­beaten run in the league be­tween Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary.

And, fol­low­ing the play­off loss, Rosler did not want to dwell on the dis­ap­point­ment.

“We move on. This sea­son has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the play­ers and a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the foot­ball club,” said the 48-year-old Ger­man.

“We saw what it means to be in the play-offs with that level of in­ten­sity and qual­ity against good op­po­si­tion. We will be much bet­ter for the ex­pe­ri­ence. Of that, I’m sure.

“I have thanked ev­ery player for an out­stand­ing sea­son and I hope this dis­ap­point­ment doesn’t take away from what we have achieved.

“At the end of the sea­son, we had in­juries. We could not ro­tate and we had to play more or less the same play­ers in ev­ery game.

“The sec­ond leg was a big ask, es­pe­cially for young Ash (Hunter) in a game like that. De­vante (Cole) just came back from in­jury and we move on.”

Rosler is an­tic­i­pat­ing talks on his fu­ture soon and is look­ing for­ward to bol­ster­ing the squad for next sea­son.

“At the end of the week, we will have talks on what is the ex­pec­ta­tion from the chair­man, from the board for both my­self and the team,” said the for­mer Brent­ford, Wi­gan and Leeds boss.

“From then, we will have to re­cruit on those pa­ram­e­ters.”

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