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McSheffrey praises Rovers resilience

7 August 2022

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey was proud of the resilience of his team to come from a goal down to beat Sutton United in injury time.

A Donovan Wilson goal for the visitors in the 16th minute looked to have been enough for the U’s, but McSheffrey’s determined group did not give up.

Goals in the 92nd and 94th minute for George Miller and Kieran Agard secured Rovers’ first win of the 2022/23 campaign.

He said: “Early doors Sutton were getting joy out wide and won a lot of headers. The loose balls were falling their way all the time.

“We made Kyle Hurst and George Miller go wider to get on the second balls to help calm the game down and I felt that worked.

“Sutton are good at what they do which makes it hard to deal with, but the lads dug in and got their rewards in the end.

“I am delighted with the lads' resilience and the ‘never die’ attitude. Last year when we went a goal down we never looked like getting back into the game, so to see that today shows a massive improvement we have made as a team.”

Agard's winner led to ecstatic scenes from the home dugout as McSheffrey celebrated the goal.

He said: “Once that second goal went in I felt a lot of relief. That is what football does.

"I was delighted because our character shone through in the end.

“For the last six weeks, this is the culture we have been drilling into the lads. Never give up, keep driving until the end and stick together."

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