Captain Ben Whiteman felt Rovers were great value for their 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.
Whiteman scored the opener in the 86th-minute as Rovers were finally rewarded for their persistence in front of goal, with Rakish Bingham following up in added time, and the skipper believes the win at the Memorial Stadium was no less than they deserved.
“First half I thought we were excellent, even without that real cutting edge, we expected them to come out the traps a lot quicker in the second half, but we got the ball around well and I felt we deserved the three points in the end,” he said.
“We played some great football at times, some of it might not have been great on the eye either but we ground out a great result, I thought we were great both on and off the ball and were good value for the win.
“It’s all about momentum, once you get that it’s a good thing to have, but it was more of a relief to get the win because of how we dominated the game throughout, we left it late to get the goal but I think the celebrations showed just how much it meant to us.”
Whiteman’s late goal was his fifth of the season in the league, the majority of those coming late on in the game, and he is happy to maintain the standards by leading from the front and popping up with a goal wherever possible.
“I was trying to get myself in those positions throughout the game, looking to drive into the box and the space just opened up nicely in the end for me, Brad [Halliday] put a good ball through and took the chance when it came,” he added.
“It’s a good little habit to have popping up with those late goals, I’m confident in this team that I can get forward and score goals, I’ve been able to play a little bit further up the field this season which has been good.
“I’d like to add a few more to my tally too between now and the end of the season, the boys are popping up with goals all over the pitch and that can only be good for us, I just hope we can keep going and keep the standards high.”