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Keegan Keeping Calm

17 October 2014

Midfielder making the most of midfield tussle.

Paul Keegan has told that he is relishing the competition for places within the Rovers starting XI.

Keegan, Richie Wellens, Marc De Val and Dean Furman have often scrapped it out for the central midfield berths and the Irish enforcer has spoken about how much he enjoys the battle.

“We’ve seen it all before and there’s lots of experience in there so we try to help everyone around the club. We’ve got to get the balance between performances and ruthlessness in to our play,” he said.

“We’re getting there because we’ve shown glimpses. Some of the play that we’ve had, going forward in particular, has been great.

“I’ve been here a while and I’m now settled with friends and family here but I want to kick on and get to the Championship, that’s the players’ aim and the managers’.”

Talk of the Championship may be scoffed at by some quarters after Rovers’ patchy opening quarter to the season, however the 30 year old says the players have put that behind them and have the nous to achieve things.

“If you’re anywhere up there with ten games to play then it’s anybody’s but you’ve just got to hang on in there,” said Keegan.

“At the start of the season, with injuries and chopping and changing we needed consistency and we’ve worked on defending because we’ve had our problems there. It’s a matter of getting everything going and getting in to a flow; hopefully we can do that on Saturday.

“Some teams could be seven or eight weeks ahead of us in terms of preparation but that’s no excuse. We’re only going to gain that familiarity from playing though rather than training. We were nice and solid and organised at Scunthorpe, even at the end of the game and that’s how you win games.”

Attention quickly turned to this weekend’s opponents Fleetwood Town, upon which Keegan remarked, “We’ve seen bits of them and they’ve had a good rise as a club in recent years and they’re going to be good because they’ve done very well so far with the good players they have at their disposal.”

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