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McSheffrey looking to maintain momentum through final game at Oxford

29 April 2022

Gary McSheffrey is looking to ensure positive performances run through the final game of the campaign as Rovers seek to carry momentum into next season.

Rovers close the season out at Oxford United on Saturday and the focus is on ending a disappointing season on a high note.

Gary McSheffrey on injury news:

“Kyle Knoyle is the only doubt really with a niggling groin injury that may need resting. He’s not trained this week and we’ll just give him as much time as he needs.

“We don’t want to make it worse so we’ll respect what Knoyley wants to do with it.

“He probably just needs the rest. He’s been an ever-present and he always puts a shift in every game.

“He’s worked hard and he’s one that’s earned his rest this summer.”

On late-season form:

“We’ve run out of games but I feel we’ve got a consistency to our performance level.

“The boys are getting the messages we’ve been delivering and we’ve also had the luxury of getting some experienced players back on the pitch that can transfer a game plan from the training ground into a matchday.

“That experience and leadership rubs off on the younger players.

“It’s frustrating that the form has come too late but at the same time it’s good the momentum is there a little bit and it’s a positive to build on and continue come pre-season.

“Numerous times we’ve had opportunities to cut the gap and it could turn out that teams stay up on goal difference with one of the lowest points totals in recent years.

“That’s the past and we can just focus on the positives heading into the future.”

On a fresh start in the summer:

“I’m definitely looking forward to the fresh start but it’s also a continuation of the good things that have been going on in recent weeks and the things we’ve been putting in place.

“We’ve five or six tweaks, I feel we’ve got a capable squad to bounce straight back.”

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