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Wellens: Walsall will be a tough game

9 August 2021

Richie Wellens believes fans will see a new approach on Tuesday evening when Rovers face Walsall in the Carabao Cup.

His side suffered a 2-1 defeat on the opening game of the season and the manager said that he and his players are learning a lot as they begin a season of rebuilding.


On playing style…

“The biggest thing is that we’ve got to get the balance right in terms of trying to do what we want to do and not being too negative when it goes wrong i.e. Saturday.

“Can we play the way that I want us to play? Probably not - not with the personnel that we’ve got so we have to find a different way of playing which will keep the development of what we want to achieve going forward but that also gets us results in the meantime. We need results for our own confidence and to make sure everyone’s believing in what we want to do.

“The easiest thing would be to go three at the back. Cameron John comes in as an experienced player and it puts two strikers up with Bogle – that would be my most experienced XI - but that’s going away from what we want to do and the messages that we’ve been trying to relay.

“Once we get it right, we will be a good football team who will produce results but it’s going to take time to get there.”


On facing Walsall on Tuesday night…

“Matt Taylor is someone I know well because I managed him. He had a tremendous career as a player and he’s starting out in his first job as a manager.

“He’s probably in a similar position to me in that he’s trying to rebuild and he’s trying to get across his ideas.

“You look at the squad Walsall have got – they’re a big team and they’ve got a lot of strong players.

“In terms of the experience they’ve got Manny Monthe, Connor Wilkinson, Joss Labadie ... those three have got really good experience for the level. I think they’re good signings.

“It’ll be a tough game, it’s always a tight pitch at Walsall but we need to make sure we first of all deal with their physicality, but then we want to impose our game.”


On injuries… 

“Cameron John has a sore back, so he’ll be touch and go. John Bostock has minutes under his belt now so he’s in the squad and will probably play. We just need to be careful with Omar Bogle's calf but in terms of anyone being ruled out, it’s only Cameron John who may be a doubt.”

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