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Wright praises Rovers' hard work

2 January 2020

Joe Wright felt Rovers' hard work in the classroom helped them to their first three points of 2020 against Oxford United in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers bounced back from defeat at home last time out to run out 1-0 winners over the U’s at the Keepmoat Stadium on New Year’s Day, and Wright  said it was important the recovery was correct during such a busy period of games.

“I felt we always kept a good shape and we were rarely carved open throughout, we forced them out wide, we defended crosses, and I think we were really solid, they’re one of, if not the, best footballing sides we’ll come across this year,” he said.

“We did our homework on them, the gaffer put some really good points across, and I think a lot of that showed, it’s been a busy schedule for us, we recovered well and did some work in the classroom which I think worked well for us instead.

“Going into the game, the gaffer made a big thing about teamwork and communication, and I think we nailed that here, everyone came off the pitch and I don’t think they had anything left to give and that was great to see.”

Rovers won two of their three games over the festive period as they added to their Boxing Day victory over Peterborough United on Wednesday, and Wright is hopeful Rovers can pick up more points once they play their games in hand and climb up the table.

“It’s always nice to get those 1-0 victories and you can see the team has put a real shift in to make sure we get the win, all the lads to a man were excellent out there and made sure we saw it out for three points,” he added.

“I think on the whole this period has been positive for us, I think if you’re averaging two points a game over it then that’s good form, I think with the games we have in hand we’re also in a false position so we want to make sure we get more points on the board.

“Teams may come here and underestimate us because of where we are in the league at the minute, hopefully once we get these games played we can climb up the table and that’ll reflect where we really are.”

Next up for Rovers is a visit from Shrewsbury Town on Janurary 7. Purchase tickets for this match in the box office or online at 


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