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No Plain Sailing for Rowe

17 October 2016

Midfielder Tommy says Rovers need to up their game despite win.

Tommy Rowe has said that neither he nor his teammates will be resting on their laurels having squeezed past Colchester United at the weekend.

Rowe’s cool finish at the end of the first half gave Rovers the three points but whether they deserved them was a source of motivation for improvement.

“It was a great feeling to win a 1-0, with a clean sheet but there’s loads to improve on and we’ll look on Monday at improving it all,” said Rowe.

“Psychologically for that team (Colchester) to go in at half time having not played too badly but we’ve just nicked a goal then it’s not nice for them. We knew that if we came out of the traps well and started brightly we could get on top of them.

“We didn’t play particularly well first half or second. We’ve either started really well and not picked up on it or being used to finishing really strong but it was one of them when we never got going in either.

“We’re quite rigorous in looking through everything, patterns of play etc.”

Rowe, who now has four goals in thirteen appearances, was diffident towards his personal ambitions for the season and said that it’s the team spirit which is most important.

“The opportunities haven’t been there as much for me personally but it was something we’d worked on in training for the game which is positive; they switch off at the back post,” he said.

“I’d probably like to get a couple more. I’ve been delighted with my assists and that’s been brilliant for me, that’s something that I wanted to work on in the off-season.

“Let’s not take anything away from winning games which is the most important. It’s not who's top goalscorer; it’s who wins the most games.

“One thing we did show – and I think we need credit for – was the resilience of the team, the back four and the two banks of four. 

“We want to improve and we will and you’ll see a massive improvement on Saturday.”

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