Rosler glad to get experience back

Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler says his experienced players have a big role to play in the final run-in.

Friday, 31st March 2017, 11:33 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:30 pm
Fleetwood Town's Martyn Woolford

Town’s long-standing skipper Nathan Pond and experienced midfielder Martyn Woolford were both on the bench after lengthy injury lay-offs at Bury last weekend and played for the development squad in a 3-1 win over Preston in midweek.

Woolford scored for Scunthorpe in their 2009 League One Play-off Final win over Millwall, while Pond has been promoted seven times in Town’s meteoric rise.

Now with Fleetwood third in the table with seven games to go, Rosler says the experiences of these two will be invaluable for his young squad.

He said: “We are in a very good position. We had a good week and I’m optimistic, not only for the Swindon game tomorrow but for the run-in.

“Martyn has been there and done it, and that is always beneficial when not many players in the group have been in that situation. The experienced players have a big role to play.”

Rosler hinted Pond would not start tomorrow, while Ben Davies and Markus Schwabl are doubtful after limping off at Bury. The Town boss hopes Wes Burns, who has returned to training this week, and Devante Cole will be back soon.

He said: “I’m a striker, so I was very proud that we had scored in nearly every game for a long, long spell. We conceded too many at the beginning of the season but we got a very good balance, which made a run like we had possible. Lately we have been a little short up front because strikers have been not available.

“Our strength was very much the rotation system. Up front two new ones came on nearly every game after 60-70 minutes and caused a lot of problems.

“We will get the balance back because we are getting players back. Wes will be available very soon and Devante is working hard. In midfield we always have options but for long periods we struggled with options up front and at the back.”