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Wilks: Rovers showed character

21 October 2018

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Mallik Wilks praised the way Rovers showed their character to come from behind twice and earn a point against Gillingham in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers were 2-0 down inside the first 24 minutes, however goals from John Marquis and Wilks saw them back level, before Paul Taylor’s injury time effort earned a point following a late Gills goal, and Wilks felt the comeback showed a lot about the team.

“We were disappointed to go 2-0 down so early on, with the way we were playing, some of us were maybe worried that it might be another game like Fleetwood, but the good thing about the lads is that none of us panicked and we got back into the game,” he said.

“It’s a good learning curve for us, we fought until the end and got right at it, that shows good team spirit, the gaffer said before the game that we needed to believe in each other, even when you go down keep going and that’s what we did.

“When we went 3-2 down I think a couple of the boys’ heads dropped, but we’ve shown a lot of character to come back again and get a point from the game, we got that bit of luck with Paul’s strike, but it shows that if you keep getting shots off it’ll pay off.”

Wilks got the second goal in the 3-3 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium, his first goal since last month’s 4-1 win away at Walsall, and after coming off the bench for the first time against Rochdale last weekend, Wilks believed his reflection on his time out was a good thing.

“I kept getting told to stay around the keeper when the corners were coming into the area, it’s all about moving him out of position and causing trouble in the box, I managed to do just that, and I got the goal, as well as the flick on for the first one,” he added.

“I thought I was offside at first for some reason, but I looked back and saw I wasn’t, so I’m buzzing to get back on the scoresheet, I got left out last week which gave me time to reflect and hopefully I’ve taken my chance here.

“I felt like I had a point to prove, I’d done well in training and then I thought I did well when I came on at Rochdale, it taught me that I should never feel too comfortable, there’s always going to be players on your toes looking to get in and that’s a great thing to have.”

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