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'If we match recent performance levels, we give ourselves a chance' - McSheffrey

17 April 2022

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey is looking for his players to build on improving performances in recent weeks as they look for an essential win at Shrewsbury Town.

Heading to the Montgomery Waters Meadow, Rovers must claim a victory to have a chance of retaining their place in Sky Bet League One.

And to do so, McSheffrey wants to see his players matching their recent performances at the very least.

McSheffrey on the test of Shrewsbury:

“They’re a good team. They lost in the last minute on Friday.

“They know each others’ game inside out. There’s probably seven or eight of their players that have played 35-plus games this season. Four or five of them have played over 40.

“So they know each others’ games. They’re well-drilled.

“It’s going to be a tough one.

“But we go there and we have to continue to build on the momentum of the last three performances. It’s not so much the results, but if we play to that level of performance then we give ourselves a chance in each game, game-by-game.”

On facing teams with nothing to play for:

“It’s just good for us to play well and not so much worry about the opposition and take care of our own game.

“I think we have done that in the last few games, especially in our possession of the ball. We’ve been braver in our ball-playing and creating chances.

“Some could argue Bolton had nothing to play for but they came, pressed well, passed well and got behind the ball well, putting in a real shift.

“The teams we’ve got left have got good managers, good professionals and they will have good attitudes so there will be no easy rides.”

On sticking with the same team:

“Performance level is key. If people play consistently well then my job is easy, not changing personnel.

“If they keep playing well, we’ll keep using the same players and that’s what I want to do.

“Bar the results, I think the last three games have seen us with a performance level at a standard I want to set.”

On the approach on Monday:

“If we didn’t concede on Friday, it would have been a great performance.

“We got the crowd off their seat, we reacted well, we got on the front foot, we pressed well and we created lots of chances.

“I think we have to go the same way, hope we don’t concede and we get a goal or two.”

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