Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler says his players got the reward for all their hard work as they cruised to their biggest win of the season, 3-0 against Shrewsbury.
Goals from Conor McLaughlin and a second-half double from David Ball saw Town move within a point of the League One play-off zone as they climbed two places to eighth spot.
And Rosler says his players fully deserved this third home win in eight days following the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Southport and Saturday’s 2-1 success against Chesterfield.
The head coach said: “We targeted the three home games after a great performance away to Port Vale but a disappointing result (Town lost 2-1, having led until the 75th minute)
“I think the win against Southport set us into the right place, especially mentally.”
Rosler summed up last night’s win, which sent the Shrews to the bottom as “very impressive” and added: “The players got their rewards for all the extra things we do – the running, all of the recovery protocols, the massages, the food and the sleeping protocols. We basically ran them out of the stadium.
“I think 3-0 is flattering to them but don’t get me wrong – Shrewsbury are a team on the up. They made it difficult in the first 15-20 minutes. They did their homework and we found it hard to get the ball down.
“We found it hard to get our game going but credit to (on-loan central midfielder) George Glendon, who was growing into the game.
“It was a great experience to grind out, dig deep and change difficult momentum into good momentum.
“I think the longer the game went on, we attacked in the right way, we got the goals at the right moment and there were a lot of very good performances.”
And Rosler was pleased his side recorded their first clean sheet in the league since the 1-0 win at Chesterfield on October 18.
He said: “For me that is one of the most pleasing things. In general I always felt we concede too many goals.
“Having three centre- halves on the pitch makes it more likely (to keep a clean sheet) or gives you a better chance. We dealt well with them. They didn’t have any real outstanding chances.
“I’m very happy with our clean sheet because I really believe that when it comes to the end of the season the goal difference can mean one or two positions in the league.”