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Flynn Looking For Positive Response

12 February 2013

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Manager Brian Flynn spoke to Rovers Player ahead of the visit of MK Dons.

Flynn saw his side defeated for the second consecutive game on Saturday and admitted he believed the danger signs he saw at Bury to be a ‘one off’.

“I saw some things creeping in at Bury and I said after that game that I thought it was a ‘one off’, unfortunately it wasn’t,” he said. 

“It resurfaced again [against Walsall] and we’ve dealt with it. 

“It’s been a positive response from the players. We’ve highlighted it in many different ways using video and also out on the training field, which is important.

“We’ve now conceded three goals from set pieces. It stems from giving away free kicks in silly areas for petty fouls; I thought the foul that we give away was petty and we shouldn’t be doing that.

“This team has been accustomed to go ahead in games, especially early on in games, and also to have the strength and character to win games late on (Stevenage) – these are the characteristics we need to maintain.”

Brian is confident of a positive response to the defeats and is expecting Rovers to bounce back as they did earlier on in the season.

“I’m fairly certain that we will get a positive response against MK Dons,” he said. 

“Early on in the season we lost to Crewe and then Bournemouth at home, but we bounced back really well after that and that’s what I’m expecting to happen again.

“That six point gap has disappeared now. There’s obvious concern about that, but I’d still rather be in the position we’re in where others are chasing us.

“Bournemouth are flying at the minute, there’s no doubt about that, whilst ourselves and Tranmere have stuttered - we have merely stuttered, not stopped.”

Opponents MK Dons have struggled in the league recently, however, Brian admitted that he is expecting a tough game.

“They’ve been disappointed after losing their last three games and they’ve got Barnsley in the FA Cup on Saturday; how much that affects them I don’t know.

“They’ll be up for the game though; they’re a good footballing side with some talented individual players. They’ve got a formula that they think works –we’re going to have to combat that.

“They are composed with the ball and move it around really well in all areas of the pitch; they have that composure and a system they enjoy playing. 

“We will have to be patient and not chase the ball; if you chase the ball you can get caught out.”


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