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McSheffrey looking for progress in performance

8 July 2022

Gary McSheffrey is hoping to see more progression from his side in their second pre-season friendly against Nuneaton Borough this weekend.

Rovers beat Armthorpe Welfare 2-0 last time out and the manager is looking for an improved performance against the seventh tier side.

He said: “We want to keep the players progressing with more minutes this weekend, and give them a chance to build on the structures we’ve put in place.

“We’ve had a couple of in-house games where we’ve mixed the teams up and a lot of the lads seem to have benefitted from that.

“The surface at Nuneaton looks good so we’re hoping to get the ball down and play a bit more, there will still be teething problems but we want those good moments to come from the work we’ve done.”

The Rovers coaching staff have spent the past week lifting the intensity as the Sky Bet League Two season fast approaches.

McSheffrey added: “There have been scenario based sessions where we test the players’ decision making when under stress and fatigue, and that gives us a clearer picture of them as individuals.

“As a team we need to be in agreement in terms of how we deal with things such as seeing out games when we’re ahead.

“The lads have had that first taste of game time and you can see the intensity has lifted since that, a lot of players got minutes.

“We’ve got a few games coming up in a short space of time so we’ll be looking for more consistency in performance leading into the league season.”

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