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Bostock: 'Every game is a cup final'

13 April 2022

John Bostock says Rovers have the mindset that they have four finals awaiting as they look to secure survival in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers host Bolton Wanderers on Friday, having cut the gap to safety with last weekend’s win over Crewe Alexandra.

And Bostock says the focus is on beating the Trotters to set up another huge game on Easter Monday.

Bostock on the challenge ahead for Rovers:

“We’re under no illusions about the position that we’re in. We’re very hungry to take everything we can possibly take in these remaining games.

“We’ve got four massive games, starting on Friday.

“None of us want to be in this position and the attitude and ethos around the training ground has been collective and we hope that will show in the games that are left.

“Obviously when you look at the league table it tells one story.

“But I’ve been at many clubs over my career and you get a feel of morale when a team has given up. That is far from it in this changing room.

“From the staff, the backroom staff, to the players ourselves, we believe it’s possible.

“And until it is mathematically impossible we will keep believing.

“There is no way that we’ve accepted any fate because it’s not done yet.

“What we know is that we have four finals remaining and our heads are bang on them.

“We’re hoping we can give ourselves the best chance in the final three games, but we can’t look beyond Friday.”

On the season as a whole:

“Whatever way you put it, we’ve just not got enough points across the season as a whole.

“There’s still responsibility on our hands to do what we can in that situation we’ve got. We can’t look back, there’s no profit from that whatsoever.

“We have to look to the next game and try to maximise what we can get out of each of the games.

“The situation is frustrating but we have to continue to give ourselves a chance.”

On the challenge of Bolton:

“They’re in the right part of the table and from what I’ve seen of them, they play some decent football.

“But if I’m honest, and this is how I’ve been in my career and how we are as a squad, we’re really not focused on them.

“We’re focused on what we can do.

“They will have their threats but I believe we’ve got ours too.

“On Friday we need to put a performance together that will merit coming away with the three points.”

On his new partnership with Adam Clayton:

“I’m enjoying playing with Adam. I’ve played against him a couple of times in my career.

“We actually sit next to each other in the changing room at Cantley.

“We’ve seen the rough and the smooth in the game. He’s someone who likes to play a similar style to how I play, trying to dominate possession, with experience in there.

“I think he’s done really well. You have to remember that Adam Clayton was out of the game for a while so to come back in and find form, he’s done really well.

“I’m enjoying playing alongside him.”

On the attributes needed for survival:

“You need a balance. You need to be hungry, you need to be realistic and there also needs to be a level of calmness and no panic.

“Panic never profits. At the same time, whatever the opposition gives we need to grasp it with both hands.

“You make your own luck.”

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