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McSheffrey happy with Rovers shape ahead of season opener

29 July 2022

Rovers have been strong in pre-season and first team manager Gary McSheffrey is itching to get going with the new Sky Bet League Two season.

McSheffrey and his squad will travel to Bradford City on Saturday for the season opener.

And, as he met with the media for his pre-match press conference, he spoke of feeling his players are in good shape heading into the new campaign.

McSheffrey on the unbeaten pre-season:

“I’m really looking forward to it. We’re in the results business again now. Pre-season is quite pressure-free really.

“You can enjoy it. We’ve looked good, well organised and structured but it means nothing.

“Once the points are there to win, it’s all about getting the points on the board.”

On his own expectations for Rovers:

“I think there are things that are achievable.

“I just want us to try to get a winning culture back and a winning mentality. Let’s try to win as many football matches as we can and if we do that then the obvious things and targets take care of themselves.

“The big one for me is the shift in momentum to try to get lads who have been used to losing football games to really believe and switch their mentality to be able to win again.

“I think we’re progressing but it all comes down to results when the league table is there to be seen.”

On bringing belief back to supporters:

“We’ve tried our hardest to get a lot of fans onside and build bridges with some that had probably collapsed a little bit.

“We’re doing everything we can to try to bring them a team that is worthy of their support.

“I think a lot of them can see the good things that are going on.

“Hopefully that continues and we can get everyone back to having a Doncaster team they can be proud of.”

On the Rovers following due at the University of Bradford Stadium:

“I’ve always said to the boys that even when times were tough, they will come with you.

“If they see you putting the effort in they will come with you.

“That is the minimum you expect from a professional - give 100 per cent and the fans will come with you.

“When they get that confidence and the shackles are off, they express themselves and play good football and do what they did to get to a club like this - and then the fans will come with them even more.

“It’s the minimum required but along the way we’d really like to entertain as well.”

On the test of Bradford:

“I think they’ve brought in some real good individuals that have done well in their respective leagues last season.

“They look strong. They’ve got some real good talent and they’ll have game-changers on the bench. They’ve got strength in depth.

“That can sometimes be a headache for a manager because you’ve got too many options. They’ll probably be experimenting a bit to find the best XI and it might take them a few games with so many new signings.

“Mark Hughes has had a great career as both a player and a manager. He’s got a really good assistant in Glyn Hodges, who is a top coach.

“They’ll have them gelled and winning football matches - but hopefully not by Saturday.

“They are a threat but we feel we’ve got a good thing going here and we’re well structured and organised at the minute.”

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