Uwe Rosler says the response of the Cod Army to his Fleetwood team’s mighty season warmed his heart.
Town’s historic campaign might have ended in disapointment, with a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Bradford City in their play-off semi-final, but Rosler was delighted at the fans’ response at the final whistle last Sunday as they applauded his players and kept their flags flying high.
Town could not find a way to overturn the Bantams’ lead from the first leg but the prevailing mood among the crowd of more than 5,000 at Highbury was one of pride in a squad and management team that had transformed Town from relegation battlers into a top-four club.
And Rosler, who arrived just three days before the season kicked-off, says he hopes the Cod Army are happy with what they have seen so far.
Town’s head coach said: “It warmed my heart when I saw our supporters standing there and really applauding the effort of my players, and not only on Sunday. We tried everything – not always in the right way but we tried.
“I think the supporters were generally happy with what they have seen this season.
“I think it was a great reception from our supporters for our players.
“It really warmed my heart and I can only say thank you for that.”
And although there was a sense of what might have been around Highbury, player of the year Cian Bolger is hopeful Town will come back stronger next term.
The defender said: “I think everyone is disappointed, but I think we just have to take time to reflect on what we have accomplished this season and hopefully come back stronger next year.”