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Horton: "We have to pick ourselves up"

2 January 2014

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Rovers Player caught up with Rovers' assistant manager Brian Horton ahead of the FA Cup clash with Stevenage on Saturday.

Despite Wednesday's defeat to QPR, Brian saw lots of positives from the team and wants to see more of the same on Saturday. 

He said: "Performance wise it was the best we've produced in a while.

"We got the clean sheet against Millwall and looked to build on that. We went more attacking and had a right go at QPR and it worked to a point but you have to take your chances. 

"When you're on top like we were in that first half you have to finish off chances; we completely outplayed them in the first half.

"It is deflating to lose in that way but we just have to pick ourselves up.

"It's a massive game for us on Saturday now and it will be a tough game and we know that. We want to win and get through to the next round.

However, Theo Robinson coming off with a knee injury adds to the squad's injury doubts for the visit of Stevenage but Brian feels it's something they just have to deal with.

"It was good to have Browny back on the bench but obviously Theo coming off was a bit of a blow. Probably more a week or two too soon for the Stevenage game," he added.

"We've just got to get on with what we've got at the moment and play like we did on Wednesday because that's the best we've played for a long time; We should have walked in there winning 3-0 at half time."

"We're not aware of the full extent of Theo's injury; he will have to go for a scan. It looks like he'll probably miss Saturday.

"We'll pick what we think is our best team for Saturday we don't want to change much after a performance like Wednesday.

"It's important for us to get a cup run as well as in the league. We've dropped into the bottom three which we don't like but if we play like that again we'll be okay."

With the January transfer window now open Brian admits that the club are keen to keep hold of influential players including midfielder Richie Wellens.

He said: "Paul [Dickov] is speaking to the board because we want to keep our best players of which Richie Wellens is one. 

"You want to build a side around good players and Richie is a good footballer; that's why we try and play it through the midfield. There's no point bypassing him if you have Richie Wellens in midfield.

"It's not just about one player though and we're trying to do other business and we'll see where that takes us in the next few days.

"We'd like to bring Macheda back if we can and we'll have to speak to David Moyes and Paul will be doing that over the next 24-hours or so. Since he came back that was his best game for us yesterday; we want to keep good players.

"What happens in the transfer business is that you have a list of targets and if you can't get them then you tick them off and move on to the next one so whether they're young, old or experienced you have different ideas."

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