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Sheaf pleased with Rovers progress

15 September 2019

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Midfielder Ben Sheaf feels Rovers have come a long way in a short space of time after Saturday’s goalless draw at Ipswich Town.

Rovers maintained their unbeaten start in Sky Bet League One under Darren Moore with a point at Portman Road, but Sheaf believes it should have been more against the Tractor Boys.

“I think we deserved the three points when you look at the game as a whole, we dominated the majority of the game, we got our foot on the ball, we were unlucky not to get the goal in the first half and then hit the post in the second,” he said.

“Second half we let them come in to the game a little bit more, they had a couple more chances to get into it, but we dealt with their directness quite well. I think to come here and get a point is good though we’re disappointed not to take all three.

“I think the fact we’ve come to Ipswich, one of the early favourites to go up, and are disappointed to come away with a point shows where we’re at the moment, we just have to keep working hard and we’ll get there.”

Sheaf is on a season long loan from Premier League side Arsenal, and he is enjoying his midfield role at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“The last two years I’ve played more at centre half, I’m back in midfield now where I played more in my youth career, so it’s good to get back in there and get forward, I’m enjoying getting up the pitch and looking to create things,” he added.

“I’m always looking to get shots off, I think a few of the lads thought my effort was in but there was a little touch on the way through and that’s taken it away from goal, on another day and it probably ends up in the back of the net.

“I’m really enjoying it at Rovers, it’s good to get some vital first-team experience, but I’m always looking to keep working hard. There’s a loan manager at Arsenal who is keeping tabs on me and they’re happy with how things are going but I’m not getting carried away.”

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