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Flynn: The Start Of Something Big

1 March 2013

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Manager Brian Flynn spoke to Rovers Player ahead of the game on Saturday against Hartlepool United.

Rovers boss Flynn was in buoyant mood after his side topped the League One table for the first time this season.


The victory over Shrewsbury Town came after Kyle Bennett’s last minute winner at the Greenhous Meadow and Brian admitted that substitutes have to make an impact.


“He’s done exactly what you want of your substitutes,” he said


“Games of football at any level are fourteen versus fourteen that’s how much it could be. You have three subs and the opposition have three subs so the players coming on have to make an impact and there is no better way, then scoring a winner in the last minute, to make an impact.


“I think Kyle’s best position here is an attacking midfield player rather then an attacking wide player. Kyle is better coming from a slightly withdrawn role rather than an out and out wide role. He can play in wide positions obviously, right and left, but I see him long term being a slightly withdrawn attacking midfield player.


Shrewbury Town managed to get a goal through a mistake by keeper Gary Woods, however Brian insists that he has no worries over his goalkeeping abilities.


“Gary has been fine [this week]; he’s a strong character, a strong personality and he is over it [his mistake].


“I have no worries about Gary, he is having a really good season. He knows the mistake he’s made, two now, but it hasn’t cost us. The team have made up for him, that is the important thing, when somebody makes a mistake can somebody make up for it and that is what the team have done.


“At this moment in time he’s number one and deserves to number one. I’ve been really impressed with Jon Maxted in the couple of games we have seen him play in and in training and should something untoward happen to Gary then I wouldn’t be afraid to put Jon in.”


John Lundstram was one player that caught the eye against the Shrews which came as no surprise to Brian.


“He is quality, don’t be surprised,” he said


“Don’t be surprised when you see Howieson play too - I know quality when I see it.


“He [Lundstram] is here initially for a month but I have tentatively approached David Moyes to see if he can make it longer and he is not against that at the moment -he has been delighted with what he has seen and heard so far.”


Brian described the fact that Rovers are now top of the table as the ‘start of something big’.


“It’s the start of something big; we need to enjoy it up there. We need to be enjoying it at the top looking down at the others; it’s the best pace to be.


“I don’t care what anyone says when they [players] pick that newspaper up Wednesday morning after the dramatic result, they look at it and they will be smiling, and when players have got a smile on their face, certainly in the training ground, they are happy and enjoying their football.


“It is an easy barometer to measure players in terms of confidence because if they smile and enjoy their football they have got every chance.


On our opponents Hartlepool Brian admitted they may well be the hardest opponents we come up against yet.


“I’ve seen Hartlepool many times, I’ve saw them two weeks ago against Leyton Orient when we had a free weekend, the desire and the hunger to win the game was fantastic.


“They really were fighting for their lives and that was evident in the game. Just after Christmas I saw them play and win well at Bramall Lane, so it wasn’t a fluke, far from it. We’ve also had a watch in between times as well and they are going to be one of the hardest opponents we’ve played in a long time.


“You have got to give the credit to the manager, he has come in and done something and what is has done is it has worked. Only he will be able to tell you exactly what he has done probably on the training ground of getting a winning mentality, perhaps he has been using that avenue.


“We will have to be really on our guard on Saturday. They are difficult opponents to play because they don’t give you a lot of time and that will be the same on Saturday.”


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