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Wright: defeat tough to take

24 November 2019

Joe Wright said that the manner of the defeat at league leaders Wycombe Wanderers was tough to take.

Rovers had looked set to grind out a goalless draw despite playing almost all of the second half with ten men, but Rovers conceded a late penalty and Joe Jacobsen converted to snatch the points away at the death.

“It was tough to take, especially to lose in the manner that we did,” said Wright.

“The lads put a great shift in. Even when we went down to ten men, I still felt comfortable in the game, and felt we had a chance of winning never mind drawing so to end up coming away with nothing was tough, but we’ll dust ourselves down and we’ll go again.

“Games like that happen sometimes. It was eventful but not in the way we would have liked it. However, we can take a lot of positives from the game - to come here against top of the league and be the better team even with the disadvantage, we’ll take the positives from that.”

On Joe Wright’s first league start in over a year, Rovers had to see out eight minutes of stoppage time with just nine men as Donervon Daniels was ruled out with concussion after all Rovers’ substitutes had been used. Rovers lost fellow centre-back Tom Anderson earlier in the match due to a red card.

“It was my first league start in over a year, so it was enjoyable to be back out there because it’s something I’ve missed,” added Wright.

“We’ve had a few unfortunate injuries to the centre-backs, but it is what it is.

“We’ve got Cameron John coming back and Ben Sheaf who can fill in so there are plenty of bodies to come in.”

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