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Gribble pleased with the unbeaten start to the season

31 August 2022


Gribble pleased with the unbeaten start to the season

31 August 2022

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Rovers U18s manager Chad Gribble was happy to have walked away with a point following the game against Rotherham United.

Gribble's side was presented with a number of challenges against their South Yorkshire rivals but managed to keep the score line at 1-1, ensuring the team walked away with another point.

Rovers remain unbeaten and are now placed third in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

He said: “I think a point on the road is a positive point and it keeps an unbeaten start to the season, but I think there’s a better version of us than what we showed against Rotherham. I think we can play with more quality.

“I was pleased with how we went toe-to-toe with a physical direct opponent. It was certainly not our preference or our style of football, but we’ve got to respect Rotherham’s style and understand they’re very effective and good at what they do.

"I thought we matched it for large parts, but we got caught up in playing that way ourselves and we’ve got to be a little more true to ourselves if we want to win football matches like this.

“That being said, on a day that I thought we didn’t play particularly well we’ve still managed to not lose the football match and pick a point up.”

Gribble was full of praise for the defensive efforts of his side who did well to whether the storm against Rotherham.

He added: “I thought we were excellent from our defensive work from set pieces and the credits got to go with Steve Hernandez for the work he’s done with the group for that.

“I thought we were bullied against Rotherham this time last year and we weren’t this year, but a weakness for us is, we’ve got to be true to ourselves and get the football done and make more passes in the half when the opportunity presents itself.

“I think we’ve got to play with more belief and we shouldn’t take that belief from us and we’ve all agreed as a group there’s a better version of us that we’re already capable of and I think this group is only going to get better.”

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