Rosler appeals to Fleetwood’s 12th man and Jakubiak aims to be 100th

Alex Jakubiak
Alex Jakubiak

Fleetwood head coach Uwe Rosler praised Town’s 12th man as they prepare for another Highbury game today against MK Dons.

Town are unbeaten in League One at home this season and Rosler thanked the fans for their positivity towards himself and the players, even during last Saturday’s defeat at Rochdale.

And he feels the support can boost the players’ performances. Rosler said: “I think we had good support against Rochdale and I think they were pretty positive, even when we disappointed them in the first half. That has not been unnoticed by me or by the players.

“We know at Highbury we are a very difficult team to play against and we need them (the fans). It is always so important that they are there in numbers and supporting us because that will always bring three, four, five per cent more out of every player.

“I think that can be the difference between winning and drawing, drawing and losing.”

Town’s development squad beat Wigan 2-0 in midweek, when Alex Jakubiak was a scorer. And Rosler revealed the Cod Army should see the on-loan Watford striker in first-team action soon.

Rosler said of the Wigan match:“I thought it was a very good, competitive game. I think the physical stats show that it was close to being a League One match and that was very much needed for our players.

“Alex was very good. I think Martyn Woolford was also very strong. We have Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday games now and those players put themselves in a very good position.”

Asked when Jakubiak may make his debut, Rosler replied: “I don’t think you need to wait two weeks.”

Jakubiak is desperate to face the Dons today, having spent the past two Saturdays on Town’s bench.

The 20-year-old said: “Every day in training I’m just trying as hard as I can and hoping the gaffer will give me a chance.

“The lads and the gaffer have welcomed me well. For a League One club, the training ground, gym and everything is top-class, so I have enjoyed it.

“I’ve just been training since I joined the club, so I needed the 90 minutes (against Wigan) for match fitness.

“I have proven over the last couple of years that I can score goals. It may not have been at the highest level but you can only score when you play, and hopefully I will get the chance to show what I can do.”

Should Jakubiak become Fleetwood’s next league debutant, he will be Town’s 100th EFL player.

And he says that would be an honour: “Fleetwood have come up in the last sort of five six years. You look at when Jamie Vardy was here, so I’d be happy to get on the pitch and be the 100th player.

“Even before I came, the gaffer was speaking to me on the phone and telling me they like to play attacking football. He said that would suit me, so it was one of the key reasons I wanted to come here.

“You can see we are quite solid at the back. The midfield is quite tight and once we do win the ball we push forward.

“There is so much pace and ability going forward, so it is no surprise we are scoring two or three a game.”

Despite not featuring at Rochdale, Jakubiak says the whole squad is keen to put things right today.

“It was a derby game and we did not really get going for 20 minutes or so. We could hardly string any passes together, so it was frustrating to watch.

“We picked it up second half and we have been working hard this week in training.

“We came in on Sunday and watched the video to pick up on our mistakes and on how we can put it right against MK Dons.

“Sometimes in football you just have those days when it is maybe not going right for you on the ball, so you have to work even harder off the ball.”