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McSheffrey happy with control in Nuneaton win

10 July 2022

Gary McSheffrey was pleased with the level of control shown by Rovers as they comfortably saw out the friendly at Nuneaton Borough.

Goals from summer signings George Miller and Josh Andrews saw Rovers through a second consecutive 2-0 triumph in pre-season.

While he admitted he wanted better from his players, first team manager McSheffrey was pleased to see some of the work on the training ground transferred into the game.

McSheffrey on the performance:

“There were good bits and some not so good bits.

“For large periods of the first half we wanted to control the game a bit better, especially after going one ahead. Could we look after the ball better, can we not go and try to score with every attack and force play.

“Second half, we did that a lot better. We controlled midfield better and took the sting out of their play. They still had a couple of decent chances and we got a bit lucky with the one from the half way line that just went over.

“I can’t complain. A 2-0 win and the lads saw the game out really well.”

On goals for new signings George Miller and Josh Andrews:

“It was another good header from George. In the first half we had a couple of chances for George and Reo [Griffiths] and you just want to see a bit more composure and better decision making.

“Josh came on and gave us that different ball forward. He won a lot of his first contacts and when the ball was at his feet he was bringing other people into the game.

“It looked a bit more fluent in the second half.

“Josg got the goal to give us that cushion which allowed us to get people off, get the young lads on and rest a few legs.

On controlling matches:

“We’ve been working on it - controlling the game in the opposition half or on half way.

“You don’t have to go forward all the time. You pick your moments - especially when you’re winning. 

“We’re getting used to controlling games.

“I know the opposition is going to get better as each game goes by but it’s just good to get into those habits.”

On the health of the squad:

“You’re always going to get injuries. It’s part of the game. There’s not many out there that have fully fit squads to choose from and if they do, they’re very lucky.

“We’ve added some numbers and we’ve got some numbers back.

“Harrison Biggins and Luke Molyneux travelled with us and they were running on the pitch to get up to the levels that are required. They’ll feature in the next game.

“We’re getting some numbers back and hopefully in the first couple of weeks of the season we’ll have a healthy looking squad.”

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