ROSLER: WE’LL BE BETTER FOR THIS SETBACK
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.”