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Exclusive: Uwe Rosler praises Brentford character

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Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has praised his side's character as they look to banish painful memories of last season's playoff final defeat and realise their League One promotion dream.

44-year-old Rosler, who is a BT European football analyst for this Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Schalke and Bayern Munich at Veltins-Arena, believes the Bees' strength was on display for all to see during their last-gasp 4-3 victory against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park last weekend. 

Speaking exclusively to GMS, the former Manchester City striker said: "I didn’t enjoy it as much as the people in the stadium, that’s for sure. Being 2-0 and totally dominating the game for 20 minutes and then allowing Tranmere back into the game by being a little bit naive, by being a little sloppy and allowing them their first goal a minute before half-time.

"Second half then certainly we get nervous and you don’t do the things that made you good in the first place. But then again, after the equaliser bouncing back to get the lead 3-2 and we looked like winning the game and then conceded in the 90th minute. That was a blow and how my team managed to bounce back, all credit to them. “

Rosler, who has been in charge at Griffin Park since June 2011, admits his team are attempting to settle into a rhythm after a spate of unfortunate injuries to crucial players put a considerable dampener on an otherwise positive pre-season campaign.

"I think we had a very good pre-season, I think all the foundations were laid down," he said. "I was very happy with the transfer business that we did. We did our business early.

"Unfortunately, we got three major injuries to players who were in the first eleven and did very well over the whole pre-season. Conor McAleny broke his leg, Jake Bidwell did his ankle and is out for three months and Will Grigg. At the moment we were forced to bring in other loan players and forced to change our formation.

"We also have to find a new way of attacking because Conor McAleny was absolutely crucial for us and I’ve found it very difficult to replace him with another player of his quality. At the moment, we’re in the process of finding ourselves again."

Brentford, who are ninth in the League one standings after collecting return to action on Monday evening after collecting 12 points from their opening seven games, return to action on Monday night against table-toppers Leyton Orient.

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