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McSheffrey urges Rovers to handle expectation of favourites tag against Crewe

8 April 2022

Gary McSheffrey says his Rovers players must handle the expectation of being favourites for the win when they host Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Rovers lead Alex by five points in the standings and are in desperate need of wins in a bid to wrestle their way out of danger.

McSheffrey believes a win this weekend could be a catalyst for the final few weeks of the campaign.

McSheffrey on what Rovers need to do in their remaining matches:

“In my eyes now we’ve got to win every game. I’ve said that.

“We’ve had more than enough opportunities to get out of the mess we’re in.

“From the performance level and games we should have won, we should have 12 more points because of our performance levels in those games.

“And then in weeks where we’ve played poorly, we’ve come back in and other teams haven’t capitalised on it. There were constant opportunities to close the gap.

“We should have more points but at the same time we’ve not been good enough and consistent enough to close the gaps.”

On the task of winning the remaining games:

“We’ll take one game at a time and it starts on Saturday.

“All I can say is that we go out trying to win games and Saturday’s a big opportunity to get a win.

“We’re favourites to win a game, we’re above them in the league and the lads have got to deal with that expectancy level.”

On having no regrets at becoming Rovers boss:

“You only live once so you might as well have a good crack at whatever opportunities come your way.

“If you wake up in the morning fearing things and looking at life like that then you’re not going to be successful at whatever you do.”

On Josh Martin’s contribution at Wycombe:

“We tweaked Josh’s position and it was very much a multi-position, out of possession and in possession.

“I felt he played it really well.

“He’s so close to scoring again. He had five really good efforts at goal, which drew three good saves.

“We’ve given him some freedom to get in really good spaces but when you give players that freedom, you need end product.

“He’s so close to producing end product. He’s almost there.

“But he’s brave, he keeps getting on the ball which is good.”

On John Bostock’s performance in his first start since November:

“John was brilliant. He was superb.

“He took the ball well, controlled the game.

“Him and Adam Clayton in there, they bought passes off each other to let other players get up the pitch.

“We had numbers in the opposition half. We played box-to-box really well and we were just missing that bit of a cutting edge.”

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