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Chaplow: Tough to take

11 April 2016

Midfielder mystified by recent run of results.

Richard Chaplow struggled to comprehend a sixteenth game without a win for Doncaster Rovers as he and his teammates were defeated 1-0 by Bury.

The midfielder said he had “never known anything like it” during his career.

“It’s a tough one to take,” he admitted.

“To dominate a game of football and play so well but yet again come off the pitch without any points or goals is tough to take.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves back up as we’ve got five games to try and make something out of the rest of the season and stay in this league and its down to us as players to do that.

“I think there’s a lot of lads down, it’s a tough one. It’s sixteen now we’ve gone without winning which is incredible – I’ve never known anything like it in my career – and it’s been really tough.”

Missed opportunities were the source of frustration for Rovers who “gave it their all.”

“The lads have given everything, you can’t really ask for much more on or off the ball,” said Chaplow.

“There was work rate and creating chances but that final bit of quality in the final third is something we’ve desperately been missing in the last few games.

“Maybe we haven’t got the clarity of mind we would have on a winning run but we haven’t been clinical enough in the final third and that’s cost us points.

“If you’re winning games and the points are coming in then the chances are hitting the back of the net. When there’s so much riding on them and when you’re in a rut like we are at the minute, then all of a sudden you don’t trust your instincts and then the chance has gone!

“The bottom line is that we’ve got five games to go and we’ve got to muster something up.

“We’ve got no option but to stick together and hope that the tide turns. It doesn’t matter who’s in front of us now, we’ve just got to win football games and if we play like we did here, we’ll create chances.”

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