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Flynn 'Excited' With Rovers Role

18 January 2013

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Manager Brian Flynn spoke to Rovers Player ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient and confirmed that the weather has had no affect on preparation for the game.

“It’s not been a problem,” he said

“We’ve been training on the Astroturf at the stadium. It’s been ideal at the Keepmoat in terms of the quality of the surface - we knew that we are going to get this weather so it hasn’t disrupted us.

Brian also spoke about the momentum that Rovers had gathered and the importance of maintaining that.

“We desperately want the game on tomorrow.

“We need to keep momentum going; the following week’s game against MK Dons has been postponed due to their cup ventures so there’s a 2 week break - it’s imperative to play the game on Saturday.”

Brian spoke about the unique situation he finds himself in after taking charge of the team whilst in such a strong position.

“I was pleasantly surprised in many ways, Dean, Brian and Mal have left a particularly well organised squad, fitness levels are fantastic organisation within the team is very good and there’s a lot of good character in there too – it’s not often that you get a chance to go into a club that’s top of the league and doing well.

“I became player manager at Wrexham when they were ten points adrift at the bottom of the fourth division, and then I went to Swansea when they were five points adrift at the bottom of the fourth division and I was literally fire fighting for three months. I had to build a team at Swansea in eight weeks to keep them in the league and that’s what we did.

“There’s no pressure here, its pressure when you’re down the bottom of the table and you could go out of the league or even out of existence - this is a different scenario there’s no pressure at all.

“I could have applied for a number of jobs, in our industry jobs come about quite a lot, but nothing has excited me as much as this.

“I’ve been here for six months, I came to the club in August, and I was having weekly meetings with Dean and Brian regarding my role. Dean also told me everything about the players here, the strengths and weaknesses of the players.

“Being in the game for so long I know quite a few of the players. I gave David Cotterill his Under 21 debut, Lee Fowler was in the Under 21s when I took over originally so you get to know the players from being within the game.”

Victory last weekend against Stevenage saw Rovers break a club record of game unbeaten away from home and Brian saluted that fantastic achievement.

“To go undefeated twelve games at home is good going, so to do it away from home is fantastic. The team has been set up properly to win games at home as well as away from home. Away from home the opposition give you more space, take more risks and gambles and we’re capitalising on that.

“Leyton Orient will be a challenge, I think physically they’re good, their fitness levels are good so they’ll put us under a certain amount of pressure on Saturday.”



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