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McSheffrey delighted as Rovers 'set benchmark for workrate' against Accrington

23 February 2022

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey praised the workrate of his players as they battled to a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

Second half goals from Josh Martin and Joseph Olowu saw Rovers claim an important victory in their battle against relegation, after riding through a tough opening half at the Eco-Power Stadium.

On the performance against Accrington:

“I said to the lads before the game can we get a performance level but ultimately it is all about getting a result. However it comes, it is all about getting a result.

“To be fair to the lads, they put their bodies on the line, got a lot of blocks on things, won a lot of second balls in the box.

“We rode our luck a little bit but we probably earned that with the first 70 minutes on Saturday [against Sheffield Wednesday].

“The big man was on our side and we’ll take the win however it comes.

“We want the performance level to be there but we have set the benchmark for workrate.”

On Josh Martin’s first goal for the club:

“Josh has shown good composure in the box and he needed that because he hit a good one in the first half that went just wide. He hit another one in the second half where he probably should score and he put it over.

“Sometimes you need them to go in off your backside or with a deflection and hopefully that can get him going in terms of goals and end product.”

On the support from the stands:

“They were very good. I think they saw quite an entertaining opening to the game and seeing the lads were putting the effort in.

“The fans were brilliant.”

On ending the difficult run at home:

“It’s nice to do that because it’s not enjoyable losing games, especially at home.

“You want to make your home ground a fortress. We’ve been playing quite well, not putting away chances and getting punished.

“To keep a clean sheet was brilliant.”

On bouncing back from defeat:

“It’s just about having good character, believing in themselves more, getting more match fitness into players and sticking to good habits and the good messages we feel we’re getting across to them.

“Regardless of the adversity we face, you have to turn up and be brave. I think we had more brave players than any shirking of responsibility.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking at times. It was about settling nerves but once the first goal went in, the belief came through and the lads dug deep.”


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