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Patient Lawlor happy as a team player ahead of Charlton trip

1 December 2018

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Ian Lawlor says all three senior goalkeepers at the club are pushing each other on - no matter who is selected between the sticks on matchdays.

The Irishman has been in the starting line-up for Rovers' past six games after Marko Marosi had been preferred for the opening stages of the campaign. And Lawlor says Louis Jones, Marosi and himself are all pushing each other on.

He said: "It's nice to be back in the side, I've been patient and I have been working hard keeping my head down. I've always said from day one I'll be always ready when I get the opportunity to play and I am thankful to be in the team.

"We've got good goalkeepers at the club: Marko, Louis and I have a great relationship. Marko has been unbelievable this season, but no matter who plays on a Saturday we're always going to support each other, I've always said that.

"I'm a team player regardless of who plays, I want the team to do well and win on a Saturday, but for me personally it's nice to be back in the team."

Rovers are aiming to make into the third round for a second consecutive season, but Lawlor expressed all eyes are firmly focused Saturday' trip to Charlton and a potential Cup run won't get in the way of preparations.

He added: "The FA Cup is a special competition to be involved in we want to get through to the next round, but like I've said we're not looking too far ahead. We're going to take it game by game and we know we have a tough one against Charlton.

"In any game, keeping a clean sheet will always give you a massive chance of going on and winning the game, if you're not conceding and scoring at the other end it's going to help. We've looked a lot more solid over the last couple of games but we need to build on it, we're not there yet."

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