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Away Form Pleases Dean

20 November 2012

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Manager Dean Saunders told Rovers Player that he is looking for his side to build on the victory at Portsmouth, with the perfect opportunity to do so in tonight’s game against Carlisle.

“We watched the Portsmouth game again and in the first half they [Portsmouth] never got near our goal apart from when we give them the ball. I thought it was a solid performance, again, away from home we've just got to keep building on it.

“I put the players under pressure every day to get better, I watch every pass, every run and every set play and I’m picking holes in all of it –as long as they’re still trying to improve individually then as a group we will improve.

“The effort at the moment, the way they have stuck together and the spirit they are showing is excellent. 

“We’ve only let five goals in away from home, sometimes you feel obliged that you have to take the game to teams, but we can’t go away from doing the things we do well - you have to carry on doing the ‘dirty’ side of the game aswell.

Dean admitted that although he is aware of Carlisle’s struggles at Brunton Park this season, he is more concerned about his team rather than focusing too much on the opposition.

“Carlisle have conceded a lot of goals and lost a lot of games so they haven’t got the best of home records.

“I’m more concerned about getting our house in order and make sure we get better at what we are doing. We’ve got a platform that we work to, but I’d like us to have longer spells of creative football where we can put games to bed before we go into the last fifteen minutes.”

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