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McSheffrey pleased with 'comfortable' win at Northampton

28 August 2022

Club News

McSheffrey pleased with 'comfortable' win at Northampton

28 August 2022

Gary McSheffrey was delighted with what he deemed a comfortable win for Rovers at Northampton Town.

George Miller’s second half penalty secured the 1-0 triumph at Sixfields and a third consecutive victory for Rovers in Sky Bet League Two.

McSheffrey felt his side were in control for the majority of the contest as they continued the impressive start to the season.

On how the game played out:

“I’m really pleased. Barring a couple of opportunities they had towards the end of the second half, I thought it was comfortable.

“It’s never a comfortable scoreline, 0-0 and then 1-0 up but I thought we dominated territory, played in their half and managed the game. I thought it was good.

“It felt quite comfortable. The stadium was a bit lethargic and it felt like Northampton weren’t coming at us with any kind of tempo.

“We probably drilled the tempo out of them in the first half with how we played, making it quite uncomfortable for them.

“Without fluent, free-flowing football, I thought we deserved the win and once we got ahead we managed the game really well.”

On the penalty:

“Lee [Tomlin] has wriggled his way out of a situation in the corner and got to the byline, and got across the player.

“There was definitely some sort of tangle and contact. We claim for it because we feel if he’s got that half a yard in front of it and there’s contact, he’s going to lose his balance.

“It’s swings and roundabouts across the season but I thought it was a pen.

“George is our number nine and he wants to score goals so he wanted to take it.

“Rowey [Tommy Rowe] took the ball off him but I think that was just to take the pressure and tension off him because the situation was dragging on a bit. You can think a lot of things when you’ve got the ball in your hand for that long.”

On the team becoming more streetwise:

“I said to them after the game that they’re all great lads but at times they can be horrible as well - and I love it. I absolutely love it.

“It’s about game nous and game intelligence. The young players are taking things on really well and we’ve got some older pros, good heads that are role models for them and manage the game well.”

On the clean sheet:

“We know we’re going to have to win quite a few 1-0s this season if we want to get to where we want to get. Promoted teams did that a lot last season.

“It’s a great scoreline away from home.”

On Bobby Faulkner’s full debut:

“There were a couple of occasions where he was a bit rash and too eager to win balls.

“But we have to accept that. That’s him and we love it about him. We have to accept that once or twice he’s going to give a few fouls away.

“His aggression and his belief and his character is great. That’s what we want for the club.”

On the start to the season:

“Every game has been difficult and we fully expected this one to be the toughest.

“It felt one of the most comfortable but maybe that’s because we’re getting a bit of belief about ourselves.

“We’ve taken points when we’ve been poor and ugly. It’s a good sign.

“We’d have snapped your hands off for that amount of points after six games.”

On Josh Andrews’ absence:

“He’s got a bit of tendonitis in his knee so he’s back with Birmingham for a week or so and he’s going to start a rehab programme on that.

“I had it myself as a player and it’s a bit of a b*gger so we just need to get him up and going on a strength programme. It’s crept up on him over the last couple of weeks. With his size and joints, he just needs to get some work on it.”

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