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Rowe: Rovers cannot dwell on Sunderland loss

28 December 2021

Tommy Rowe believes Rovers need to do the basics better after defeat to Sunderland at the Eco-Power Stadium.

The visitors won courtesy of goals from Ross Stewart, Elliott Embleton and Alex Pritchard.  

On moving on from the game:

“I enjoy challenges through adversity and what I have found out is that if I can pull players through at the same time, we will all benefit from it in the long-term. 

“We are disappointed after losing to Sunderland, but we cannot give it too much thought. We will analyse the video of the game and then prepare for Morecambe.

“It is just one game - where you go next from that game is important. We have said collectively that we have to just focus on the important games coming up and not dwell too much about the Sunderland result. That’s the only way we are going to get 100% from everyone.  

“There are a lot of positives from the young players who have come out against Sunderland and given themselves a good account. We just need to move on from the disappointment.”  

On the young players in Rovers squad: 

“The message we have to put through to the young lads is that we are on a blip. If you want to survive this year, we have to get over disappointment quickly because games come thick and fast.  

“Being a leader is not always about talking. Myself and the other senior players are trying to lead by example in what we do. Hopefully, that will give the younger lads the encouragement to do the right things. 

“When you look at our team and Sunderland you can see the difference in experience between each squad and that was the defining factor of the game."


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