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Clayton backs Rovers to keep fighting after Crewe win

10 April 2022

Adam Clayton insists Rovers are taking their survival push one step at a time after giving their hopes a timely boost with victory over Crewe Alexandra.

The 2-0 triumph cut the margin to safety down to five points with four games left to play.

And Clayton - who turned in arguably his best performance so far in a Rovers shirt against Alex - says the squad can only focus on the next game as they look to mount a push.

Clayton on the manner of the victory:

“It was something that was very much needed.

“At this stage performances are nothing if you don’t get the three points.

“I think we combined the both for long spells to a man.

“There were leaders out there, people who took control and we played some good stuff at times.

“The three points were what mattered and we can keep playing and see what we can do.”

On Rovers breaking their scoring duck:

“We’ve been close. Training in the last few weeks has been really good and in some of the games we’ve been quite unlucky not to score.

“Confidence does go down a little bit so to get that goal early on allowed us to go on and dictate the play more. 

“Hopefully we can take that into future games and try to get us out of this mess.”

On the fight for survival:

“We’re in a situation where we need to win games and as many as we can.

“For us I think it’s just one game at a time.

“We just go into each game trying to get the three points and it doesn’t matter what other teams do.

“The mood in the camp has been different class since I arrived. There’s always been a happy environment that is willing to learn, to try, to do its best every day.

“It doesn’t always go your way, especially when you’re in the situation we’re in. 

“But in terms of environment you couldn’t ask for a better group to give it a go and try and do what we need to do.”

On his own performances:

“I feel that I’m getting there fitness-wise now. I think that’s my third start recently and you need two or three games after a big spell out.

“Once I’m fit I’d back myself to be a good player. I’d put that down as one of my best so far.

“I felt quite good late on in the game. I’m happy with where I’m at.

“Sometimes you feel that you’re at a fitness level that is okay but you realise you’re not quite there. The Rotherham game was probably a bit early for me.

“We took the time to get my fitness on the training field, which I think was the right thing to do.

“Now I feel that I’m reaping the rewards of doing it the right way.

“Just for myself to get back to a level where I know I can perform, I can help others on the pitch and not just survive.

“It has been tough at times but it can only make you stronger when you get through those patches in your life.”


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