Fleetwood boss Rosler hails goal king Cole

Fleetwood Town's Devante Cole
Fleetwood Town's Devante Cole

Fleetwood Town head coach Uwe Rosler hailed two-goal hero Devante Cole for taking his chance to shine.

It has been a whirlwind week for Cole who built on scoring the winner at Northampton with a brace that sunk the Dons at Highbury on Saturday.

The forward got his chance at Sixfields after star striker Conor McAleny had limped off with what looked like an ankle injury.

It was a massive blow for Fleetwood but Cole has ensured the goals have still flowed as he marked his first league start of the season with a double.

It was a statement of intent from the 22-year-old forward and Rosler was pleased Cole has used that situation to his advantage as Town sit third in the league after three straight wins.

He said: “He had to wait for his chance, he came on, used that unfortunate situation from Conor McAleny used that for his own advantage but also to the teams advantage because in the last two games he has scored three goals.

“He trained well, the goal against Northampton gave him a boost and both goals against AFC Wimbledon were really well taken.

“He was our match winner - well done Devante.”

Though Rosler was not entirely happy with his side’s overall performance.

He said: “The stats never lie.

“I’m really happy with the three points and with another clean sheet.

“That is the most important thing but we need to be honest, we need to look behind the result and analyse the second half.

“There were a lot of things in all areas where we have to do better in the future if our run should continue.”

His thoughts were echoed by his opposite number Neal Ardley who did not believe Fleetwood were the better side.

He said: “We’ve got to get bodies back, we’ve got to get our confidence up, get that winning feeling back but there is no panic.

“Last week against Shrewsbury we were really poor, at Fleetwood in a scrappy game in windy conditions we were probably overall the better team as far as the chances but we have lost the game 2-0.

“I’m really disappointed we lost the game.

“I didn’t think they were the better team by any stretch of the imagination during the game, they have had four attempts on our goal, two half chances and scored two attempts on goal.

“We have been punished for a couple of things we have been working on during the week with our distances we got them wrong and we got punished and we have had six really good chances, scrambles, cleared off the line, a header on the bar, a one v one and we have not taken any of them.

“But as much as I am disappointed, last week when we played Shrewsbury you could not see anything good about what we did.

“On Saturday we limited a team at the top too very little, been punished for what we did give them and created a bundle of chances and not taken any of them.

If you don’t get both boxes right, you lose games of football and that is what happened.”