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Rowe: As captain I could have done more

2 February 2022

Tommy Rowe believes everyone must take responsibility for defeat to Rotherham United.

Rovers were outplayed by the confident table-topping outfit in a 5-0 defeat. 

On what went wrong:

“We’ve been starting games really well, particularly last Saturday - but we didn’t start well at all on Tuesday.

“We thought that if we got to grips with things early and got a foothold, then – with the way that we’ve been playing in our shape - there would be a chance for us to get something out of it but we gave two goals away early.

“It’s tough to take. We’re aware it’s a derby but we have to take the emotions out of these games and get into the right place to go and play the game you want to play it.”

 

On not dwelling on the result:

“We’re hurting for the manager and the staff. This was a big, big game where we’ve come up short by a long way.

“Football is tough, but we can’t be down for too long because Saturday is a massive game in terms of where we are in the league and the stadium we’re going to, so we’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again.

“It’s horrible and it hurts but it’s football and you’ve got to look after each other and back each other and take responsibility. As captain, I know I could have done a lot more.”

 

On young players learning:

“We’ve got to give the young players confidence. All the young players have been outstanding for me considering where things have come from. I know it sounds strange when we’re bottom of the league but I think they’ve been great.

“I’ve got a lot respect for the young lads this season because they haven’t had those experienced players around them. It’s been a tough season for everyone, but you learn so much more when you come through these types of seasons. They will all be better players because of it.

“We’ve got Adam Clayton in with experience, Tom Anderson will be coming back and Ro-Shaun and I’m hoping it will all gel so we can finish the season strongly.”

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