UWE Rosler blamed a punishing training schedule and a virus that has swept through his team for Brentford’s inability to break down 10-man Scunthorpe today.
Midfielder Sam Saunders was due to feature in today’s goalless draw with Irons but was forced to withdraw from the squad after coming down with flu yesterday.
And Rosler claims the virus that Saunders contracted, along with a series of gruelling training sessions left his Bees side unable to compete physically, with three players withdrawing due to cramp.
“Some players couldn’t move their legs and I blame myself for that,” admitted Rosler. “We trained too hard and we have some sort of virus in our camp – the combination of both was why we didn’t perform.
“We were not physically in a position to put pressure on them today. It is very unusual that we had three players with cramp so there is something going on in our camp that we have to find out.
“This week [in training] we put a lot of focus on playing with two strikers. This is why we put a longer in training this week than normal, we wanted to be sure everybody knows how we want to play.
“I thought the training was good. We had long sessions of one hour and 45 minutes and one hour and 50 minutes. I have to be self-critical and say there is a reason why we had three players with cramp. We have to look into it.”