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McSheffrey: The game plan worked

16 February 2022

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey was happy with the response from his side to come back from defeat at Portsmouth by beating Lincoln City.

A second half penalty from Dan Gardner was the difference against the Imps as Rovers cut the gap to safety to six points.  

On the performance against Lincoln:

“The win was not pretty but we needed to stop leaking goals, so we soaked up their pressure.

“We rode our luck at times but we defended well for large periods. We need to be better when we win the ball back because we could have hurt them a few times in the first half if we had more composure.

“The game plan worked, and we took the opportunity that was presented to us.

“Lincoln play good football and they have tricky full backs so it was important for us to stay in the game.”

On the reaction from the defeat to Portsmouth:

“We shared some home truths after the Portsmouth game because that was not good enough.

“We changed a few things and the players have picked the information up quickly. But there is still plenty of areas for us to better in.”

On the away support:

“I told the boys we needed to give the 1,000 plus fans something to cheer about.

“They have been great backing us across the country so we’re happy to have rewarded them on Tuesday evening.

“Hopefully we can get some confidence from the Lincoln win so we can gain some momentum, ready for Saturday’s match against Sheffield Wednesday.”

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