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McSheffrey takes positive from point despite final third frustrations at Fleetwood Town

20 March 2022

Gary McSheffrey felt Rovers were let down by poor decision making in the final third as they battled out a goalless draw at Fleetwood Town.

McSheffrey took the point as a positive as it drew Rovers closer to some of their rivals for survival in Sky Bet League One.

But he believed Rovers had enough promising play in the first half in particular to have secured a win at Highbury.

McSheffrey on how the game played out:

“I think with the way that we played in the first half we should have gone in ahead.

“We had opportunities, a few good efforts and it was more good entries into the final third where we didn’t quite make the right decisions.

“It was fine margins really. We played well in the first half and the game got a bit scrappy in the second.

“They made a couple of subs, brought some experience onto the pitch and went about things in a different way.

“As the game went on, we started giving away more fouls, the wind got up and it was important we didn’t lose.

“We’ve kept a clean sheet, which is a positive from the game.

“We wanted to win, but if you can’t win then you make sure you don’t lose.

“It’s gained us a point on a couple of teams and if you can back that up with a win, it could turn out to be a good point.”

On a show of character:

“It wasn’t an easy day here.

“The atmosphere before the game, the rallying cry from the chairman, all their injured boys being on the dugout - it felt like we were coming in to a bit of a cauldron.

“I think the lads stood up and showed some resilience.

“We just lacked that cutting edge and that final quality with our decision making.”

On his confidence of survival:

“We know we’re working hard in the week, we’re training properly and the lads are buying into everything.

“We just need that little confidence-booster, that change of luck. And I always believe that if you’re working hard, luck can find you.

“We’ll keep plugging away and doing what we’re doing.

“The fact no one is running away and making a big gap, is a positive as well.

“We had four or five games where the gap could have got really close or we could have jumped out of it.

“We’ve gained a point on some and that’s a positive we can take out of it.”


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