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Hard Work Pays Off

10 October 2016

Matty Blair believes the win over Barnet was reward for Rovers’ hard work.

Rovers had to keep going until the final moments of Saturday’s game, with Andy Williams turning home a Blair cross in stoppage-time to seal the points.

James Coppinger and Blair had put Rovers into a 2-0 lead at the break, but the Bees fought back to level with two goals scored from Sam Muggleton’s dangerous long throws.

Blair said: “It is probably the best way to win a football match. Not for our hearts, because we want a game dead and buried in the first half, but it is the most exciting way.

“We should never have got to that point, really, but the spirit in the squad meant we kept going and got the result.

“It’s a determination to never give up. We’re a fit bunch of lads and have got that spirit to not know when we are down and out – we’ve come from behind a couple of times this season already.

“It was a kick in the teeth when they equalised, but we keep going and going until we’ve got the result we want.”

The victory extended Rovers’ unbeaten league run at home, and Blair believes the Keepmoat Stadium is being turned into a real fortress.

He added: “It is vital. If we can get teams coming up thing they’re not going to get a result, they are already part beaten before they get off the bus and makes our job a lot easier.

“To have a home form like that so far, but we need to keep it up. Everyone is involved – the fans, stewards, ball boys, players, manager – have a role to play. It is not just an individual thing.”



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