Rosler explains reason why Scott Wootton started today, discusses Botaka's absence

Uwe Rosler

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has explained some of his selection decisions today.

Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has told BBC Radio Leeds that he wanted to give Gaetano Berardi a rest, hence Scott Wootton's appearance against MK Dons.

The Whites bounced back from their midweek defeat to Ipswich Town with a strong away victory over MK Dons this afternoon, leaving Milton Keynes with a 2-1 victory.

Goals from Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor put Leeds 2-0 up, and whilst Simon Church pulled a goal back for the Dons, Samir Carruthers' sending off helped Leeds seal all three points.

Manager Rosler made a couple of changes to his side this afternoon, with Scott Wootton starting at right back in place of Gaetano Berardi.

Berardi has been Leeds' first choice right back throughout the season, but Wootton came in for this game - and Rosler has explained to BBC Radio Leeds just why he made that decision.

"Today, I had the luxury to rest Gaetano, because last time we played three games in a week, he only played two, and I think that was good for him," said Rosler. "It was a big call because, in general, he did very well for me. Scott Wootton came in and did a very solid, professional job - we are very happy with his performance. The main reason was the amount of games Gaetano has started; nearly every game apart from the Bristol City game. I just wanted to use our resources that we have in our squad, and I felt it was the right decision."

Rosler was also asked why new signing Jordan Botaka, a deadline day signing from Excelsior, didn't make his debut having been named on the bench.

"I think it would have been a big ask to bring him on in a game like that," Rosler added, citing that the situation in the game wouldn't have suited Botaka's qualities.

The victory was a huge boost for Leeds, who may see Berardi and Botaka featuring in the side in the coming weeks despite their absence today.

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