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Confident Whiteman enjoys win over Scunthorpe

16 December 2018

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Ben Whiteman felt Rovers were good value for their 3-0 win over local rivals Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

The midfielder opened the scoring after just six minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium and, with a polished performance at both ends, Whiteman believes the result was never in doubt after the hard work that had been put in during the week.

"We knew that it wouldn't be as free-flowing as we'd usually like it to be, but everyone dug in to get the result, and we were clinical at both ends of the pitch and got the job done," he said.

"We'd been working on those cut backs all week and looked to get shots off where we could and luckily it's fallen to me, it's taken a bit of a deflection, but I struck it sweetly and all that matters is that it hit the back of the net.

"Herbie Kane's done what he normally does with the high press and it's a great finish from him, John Marquis has taken his goal well and it's what he deserves, and at the other end, Tom Anderson and Andy Butler dealt with everything that came their way with ease."

Saturday's victory over the Iron saw Rovers move up one place to sixth, with their fourth win in a row, as well as their fourth successive clean sheet, and Whiteman says the side's experience of the third tier is now really starting to show.

"Last year we didn't really do too much of what we've been doing recently, we maybe weren't as ruthless as we should be and conceded more than we should have, but we seem to have really turned a corner with that," he added.

"It's a team collective from front to back we're always looking to get on the front foot, everyone is chipping in all over the pitch, as a whole it's really clicking at the minute and long may it continue.

"We've developed that little bit of grittiness and we have a lot more experience at this level now too, there's a lot of players in their second season in League One now, myself included, and I think we deserve what we're getting at the minute after what we've done."

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