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Whiteman: we deserved more

9 February 2020

Ben Whiteman felt Rovers were unfortunate not to come away with all three points after being held to a 1-1 draw by Rochdale on Saturday.

Jon Taylor had Rovers ahead in the opening minute before Oliver Rathbone levelled for the visitors inside the final 10 minutes, and skipper Whiteman says coming away with just the one point in Sky Bet League One is a tough one to take.

“It was a tough one for us, they managed to move the ball very well, they play it in tight spaces, but when you look at the chances we had, we should’ve scored more,” he said.

“We’ve hit the post, Devante’s missed a good chance from close range, then they’ve gone down the other end and had a shot from distance which has found the back of the net.

“To be fair to them, they probably dominated more of the possession, but we’ve had the better chances and we’re all disappointed we’ve not been able to make them count.”

Saturday’s game with Rochdale saw Jacob Ramsey and Fejiri Okenabirhie make their home debuts after they got goals at Tranmere in mid-week, and Whiteman believes all January signings are looking to make a big impact over the next few weeks.

“The new lads have come in and really freshened things up and that’s clear to see, the lads that have come here have all been first class and had an impact already,” he added.

“Jacob’s come in and scored two, he did well here, Devante’s had two good games this week, and Fej’s come on and looked a threat so they are just what we’ve needed really.

“We have another game coming up and they’ll be looking to make an impact I’m sure, we’re all focused on that, we’re going in to win the game and we want to make sure we do that.”

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