Conor is made to wait for his tre­ble

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ge­orge Bates

CONOR McAleny’s two goals fired Fleet­wood Town to an im­pres­sive open­ing day win over Rother­ham – but he still was not a happy man.

McAleny, a sum­mer ar­rival at High­bury Sta­dium from Ever­ton, en­joyed the dream de­but as he scored a goal in ei­ther half to clinch the points.

But the striker was left fu­ri­ous af­ter boss Uwe Rosler took him off shortly af­ter his sec­ond, deny­ing him the chance of a de­but hat-trick.

“Conor has set­tled in re­ally well. He came to us with his own de­sire of play­ing a big chunk of game,” said Rosler.

“I told him he needs to trust me. He wasn’t happy. He wanted his hat-trick – I un­der­stand that. I used to be a striker, but we have to look at the big­ger pic­ture.

“We need to keep him fit, we need him on the pitch. This is a big step in the right di­rec­tion.”

Fleet­wood were wor­thy win­ners against a Rother­ham side get­ting used to League One fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion last term.

The hosts could have led 3-0 by the break as af­ter McAleny broke the dead­lock with a neat fin­ish from Bobby Grant’s cross, Jordy Hi­wula hit the post and then Grant fired over from a good po­si­tion.

Af­ter a strong Rother­ham re­sponse early in the sec­ond half, Fleet­wood weath­ered the storm and killed the game when McAleny beat Richard O’Don­nell at his near post.

Rosler added: “We showed two re­ally good phases. The first half we played re­ally well. We cre­ated the most chances, we were or­gan­ised and looked a real threat.

“In the sec­ond half, it was a lot more dif­fi­cult. The wind made it dif­fi­cult to clear our lines.

“They are phys­i­cally strong play­ers, they are a very fit team, they have all the at­tributes you need to get out of this di­vi­sion.

“They pushed us to the limit. We ground out a clean sheet and a good win.”

It was a tough in­tro­duc­tion to life back in the third tier for the Millers, who are aim­ing to bounce back from a hor­ror sea­son last year.

Boss Paul Warne was frank in his as­s­es­ment and said: “Our sea­son isn’t judged by the first game.

“The stats show we had more pos­ses­sion, more at­tempts on goal, more cor­ners – we just didn’t have the cut­ting edge.

“I think it was a rude awak­en­ing for the some of the lads about the in­ten­sity of this league.

“The first 20 min­utes was ab­so­lute may­hem.

“There's a big dif­fer­ence be­tween play­ing friendlies and the real McCoy.”

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