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Smith: we showed a good response

21 March 2021

Matt Smith felt Rovers responded well after a slow start in the 2-2 draw at Gillingham in Sky Bet League One.

After finding themselves 2-0 down inside the opening four minutes, goals from Tom Anderson and James Coppinger secured a point for Rovers at Priestfield Stadium.

He said: “We knew it would be a difficult game and the start we made was disappointing, but we showed a lot of fight to get back into it.

“We were frustrated because we’d worked on dealing with a fast start from them and we didn’t do that.

“Everyone knew that it wasn’t good enough but it had happened and we had to show a reaction to come away with a result.”

Smith’s performance in the heart of the midfield was crucial in Rovers’ comeback, and he says it was important to show their character.

He added: “I think once we started playing and breaking lines we found it comfortable and it gave us hope we could get back into it.

“To score when we were on top was crucial and then to go and get a second goal quickly afterwards was just as important.

“We had to keep our concentration after half-time when balls were coming into the area but we dealt with that well.”

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