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Lawlor: I'm working hard and improving every day

20 September 2019

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Ian Lawlor believes Rovers have had a good start to the season but face a tough test on Saturday when they welcome high-flying Peterborough United.

The goalkeeper played under current Posh manager Darren Ferguson and will come up against some former teammates but the Irishman says those kind of things do not affect the match.

“I don’t worry about that, other people might but I don’t. Saturday will be another good game of football, with two good teams,” Lawlor said.

“It’s been a good start but we’re nowhere near where we want to be like the manager’s said. He’s drilling into us what our responsibilities are both on and off the ball and I think in the first few games, we’ve shown that.

“If I’m picked to play, I’ll be fully focused on my game and my role. We’ve played some of the top teams already this season, we’re in good form at the moment and we’re doing well so we just have to focus on ourselves.”

Lawlor has started every League match so far this season but says he is being pushed all the time by fellow keepers Seny Dieng and Louis Jones.

“I’m battling every day with Seny and Louis – if I’m not on my game, I know they’re breathing down my neck. So I don’t take my position for granted, I work hard every single day and then do my best every Saturday,” he added.

“We all learn from each other. I take stuff from Louis’ game, we both take stuff from Seny’s, I’m sure they’ll take stuff from my game. We all just want to improve and with Paul Gerrard as well, we’re obviously all learning from him.

“I’m not the finished article, I’m working hard and improving every day.  We all make mistakes but I’m trying to do the right thing.”

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