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McSheffrey keen for smoother afternoons after dramatic Wimbledon draw

14 August 2022

Club News

McSheffrey keen for smoother afternoons after dramatic Wimbledon draw

14 August 2022

Gary McSheffrey was delighted with another dramatic comeback for Rovers but admitted he would prefer a much smoother afternoon than the one his side produced in the draw at AFC Wimbledon.

Rovers looked to have been punished for missing chances when falling two goals down to the hosts at the Cherry Red Records Stadium only for Tommy Rowe to pull a goal back in the 87th minute and Ro-Shaun Williams secure a draw in added time.

While pleased with another demonstration of character from his squad, McSheffrey is keen to see the same confidence and resilience when matches are goalless.

On the comeback:

“We got punished and to go two goals down means you’re thinking what a poor ten minutes of football.

“The resilience from the lads was excellent again. Rowey’s goal gave the lads some momentum and some belief and we finished strong.

“We had them pinned a bit and made some substitutions that have made a difference again.

“And we got the equaliser.

“In the end, if you look at the big chances in the game, we’ve had a lot of them, even with Josh Andrews at the end to win it.

“On chances and possession probably, I think we’ve deserved to get something out of the game.”

On wanting to avoid the need for late heroics:

“The circumstances how it has come about, it was difficult again. It’d be nice to get in front and control the game rather than giving ourselves a mountain to climb.

“To be unbeaten still in the league, to get points away at two big teams in the league who are fancied is good. And we’ve got the win at home.

“But we need to try to make it more comfortable for ourselves and a big thing for that is trusting in the process at 0-0 and having the confidence to stick with what we’re doing rather than getting a bit nervous and panicky.

“I have to be happy with the spirit and the resilience shown, the never-say-die attitude. They never know when they’re beaten. It’s a good trait to have.

“I’m nitpicking a little bit and I have to be pleased with the point.

“I just think there is so much room for improvement with this side.”

On the character in the team:

“We have worked on it in the summer. We had some big team meetings and we worked on character, managing games, building resilience and team spirit.

“They’ve bought into it really well and it shows. They believe when things like this happen. It happened last week and it’s happened again.

“They’re believing themselves now.

“I just feel at 0-0 that we need to have more confidence and be more fearless because some are playing with fear at 0-0.”

On Ro-Shaun Williams netting his first ever senior goal:

“It was class. We’ve challenged the centre backs to chip in with the goals.

“The big teams in this division last season, they had defenders chipping in with goals from set plays.

“We’ve got individual targets for them and targets as a unit that we think they can produce.

“It’s great that he’s got his first one. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve looked a threat up there.

“He got one in pre-season and to get one in the league is brilliant for him.”

On Tom Anderson’s return to the starting XI:

“It’s great fitness levels from him. He’s not played a full game in a long time so to do so was testament to him.

“He looked good.”

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