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Bywater: It's About the Team

20 February 2015

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Stopper Stephen calling on his experience to aid side's cause.

Stephen Bywater told that he looks beyond his own personal goals to aid the side.

The 33 year old signed in January and has kept four clean sheets in seven league games, propelling Doncaster up the League One table.

“For me it’s about winning. It’s disappointing not to keep a clean sheet, but if we’re going to beat Crewe 2-1, I’d take that all day,” he said.

“It’s about the momentum of keeping the momentum and keeping those three points. It’s about keeping in that position so the season’s not over.

“There’s loads of points to play for, it was nice to come from behind but I think we deserved it. In the last ten minutes, they defended deep and that’s not always easy.”

It is well documented that the former West Ham United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Millwall and stopper will stop at nothing to keep himself in peak physical condition.

“I know what I need to do, I’m experienced enough,” he said.

“I’ll do my weights and then ball work too. I do like my hot baths and a stretch, perhaps some yoga and I like to keep myself ‘tip-top’ because I think the basics of being a professional athlete should be your fitness and I want to maintain that until no one wants me!”

Bywater did admit that at one point in his life, Mixed Martial Arts – also known as M.M.A. – could have been a career path.

“Before I had kids, yes,” he enthused.

“I said to my mate that if I couldn’t get a job in football I’d do that.

“It’s an art, very technical, a bit like chess and you’re reliant on yourself and I enjoy watching it now and training and it’s something I would have liked to have done in another life.”

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