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Hiwula hails Rovers workrate at Fleetwood Town

20 March 2022

Jordy Hiwula believes Rovers’ workrate at Fleetwood Town was the key to emerging with a point that kept their survival hopes alive.

Rovers battled out a goalless draw to remain four points from safety in Sky Bet League One.

Hiwula made his first start since the reverse fixture in early January, since when he has suffered injury issues.

Hiwula on the pattern of the game:

“I thought the boys dug in deep. There were spells in the game where they had to dig in and work hard and I thought they did that.

“It’s a really tough place to come and the wind didn’t help as well.

“But the boys worked their socks off and we got the point.

“We created a good few chances in the first half and we felt like we could have capitalised on that in the second half but it just wasn’t to be.”

On the shout for a penalty in the first half:

“The keeper rolled it out and I felt like I could get there before him.

“I managed to nick it and I felt like he clipped me before he got it.

“The referee said he got the ball first but I haven’t seen it back.”

On decision making in the final third:

“I felt like that was a factor.

“When I went through I could have slipped Josh [Martin] in.

“It’s one of those things. We just need to keep going and keep learning. Hopefully one will come off.

“I felt like I had more than enough chances to score. For me, if I haven’t got many chances, I just have to try to put the ball in the back of the net.”

On the message to the players after the game:

“It was that we’ve worked hard but we needed to be more clinical in the final third, especially in the first half. We just need to take that into the next game.

“We really believe we can get out of this. At one point we were 11 or 12 points off and we’ve closed the gap massively.

“There’s seven games to go so we just need to give our all for the next seven games.”

On his return to the side:

“I’ve just come back in and I’m feeling fit and fresh.

“I just need to keep working hard and try to stay in the team. If I get the opportunities, I need to stick the ball in the back of the net.

“It’s been difficult, being out for two months, but I’ve been going to all the games and supporting the lads.

“I feel like they’ve done well in a lot of games.

“Any players out injured or not in the squad, we’re all trying to support each other.”


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