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McSheffrey: U18s unfortunate in defeat

3 October 2021

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Rovers’ U18s boss Gary McSheffrey felt his side's decision making let them down in their defeat to Bradford City U18s.

​Two first half goals from the Bantams made it difficult for McSheffrey's side to comeback despite a late goal from Will Hollings. 

On how Rovers were unfortunate not to take anything from the game:  

“We were dominant, although performing ugly at times, and their goals just came from three of our errors. 

“When it came to tackling, we were quite passive. However, we kept going at 3-0 down and managed to get back into the game from a good finish by Will Hollings.  

“Jack Goodman then got the penalty, which their goalkeeper saved. Bradford’s goalkeeper made three excellent saves in the game, which helped keep their lead so comfortable. 

“Bradford didn’t have to earn the goals which is frustrating.  

“In the second-half we rolled our sleeves up, but we still didn’t test them quite enough.” 

On how Rovers’ U18s need to set themselves apart from the rest in their division:  

“A lot of teams in our league are having similar form and we are all capable of beating each other. The ones who will be more successful are those who can be the most consistent, and that’s where we need to strive to be. 

“We’ll keep working and eventually we will get it right. The lads need to take individual responsibility and take some onus on their careers and where they want to be. Some aren’t playing to the potential that we know they have. 

“We will try our utmost to help them get their confidence up because a few are struggling. But they have to work through this, and they will come through the other side soon hopefully because we don’t want to get used to losing football.”  


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