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Missed chances key for Byrne

15 November 2018

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Assistant manager Cliff Byrne says the Rovers squad is working hard to up their conversion rate in front of goal following a frustrating defeat away at Notts County on Wednesday night.

Rovers bowed out of the Checkatrade Trophy at the group stage following the 4-2 defeat at Meadow Lane, despite plenty of great chances for the visitors, but Byrne is confident the goals will start to flow.

“The overriding thought is disappointment because that was a competition that we wanted to go far in this season, but we gave ourselves a real mountain to climb in the early stages of the game, and to concede the goals the way we did is really frustrating,” he said.

“It’s the same old story though that we had some many opportunities to pull the goals back that we needed, on another night all of those chances come off and we’re still in the competition, but it just wasn’t to be for us here.

“I think anyone who watches us knows that we can be a real threat going forward, and once that conversion rate gets higher, those goals will start to come more often, the boys are working tirelessly at it, and I think that showed in the second half.”

Rovers’ defeat to County means it is now six games without a win, but Byrne says that despite this, the group has a winning mentality and they are looking to set things straight, starting with the visit of AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

“We believe in the players to go out and get results and that will come very soon we’re all sure, it’s important not to spike up and down with your form, we have to keep the consistent processes of what we’ve been doing and the wins will come,” he added.

“We’re keeping it consistent on the training ground, we’re doing bits in the classroom with them, tactically, individually and collectively, there’s numerous ways and we’re working hard with them all as we have done from the start, and we believe in them to get results.

“A win is good no matter where or how you get it, everybody wants to win, and we’ve got 20-plus players in this squad that are looking to do just that, they strive every day to do that and they’re winners, we need to get the right combination and get the result on Saturday.”

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