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McSheffrey not worried about rivals as Rovers visit Cheltenham

4 March 2022

Gary McSheffrey insists Rovers are only focused on themselves as they look to rise up the Sky Bet League One table.

The Rovers boss believes his squad have enjoyed their best week of preparations for some time, with no midweek fixture in the build-up to Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham Town.

On having a blank midweek after the demanding run of fixtures:

“It’s been strange, having a bit of a longer week . The lads had a bit of downtime at the start of the week because they’ve had a hectic six weeks with a lot of travelling and game after game.

“We’ve been in working hard on some shape stuff, 11v11 stuff to get them ready for the weekend.

“It’s important for us and it’s been good for us to have the numbers to do it because when I first took over we couldn’t have 11v11 and shaping up a team like the opposition.

“Now we’ve got good numbers and more people coming back, we can really prep properly.”

On Ben Jackson’s recent form:

“He’s had a couple of really strong games and probably one poor game, at Portsmouth.

“He’s a steady Eddie. He’s good at what he does, he’s reliable in possession, his positional play is good.

“At Wimbledon he brought us attacking threat. We knew he had it but he hasn’t shown it because we’ve been set up not to lose and soaking up pressure.

“He got down the outside and drove up the middle of the pitch really well.”

On the final ten games:

“We’ve just got to concentrate on the remaining games and take of what we can take care of, and keep chipping away.

“We can go into games knowing we need to win and we want to win. And we can take care of it game by game.

“If we get our wins, teams will keep looking behind and seeing that we’re chasing them.

‘That’s all we can do - control what we can control and not worry about teams with games in hand or anything like that.”

On Cheltenham Town:

“I think they’re a good team that have got lots of energy.

“They’ve got a good young midfield and they’ve got experience they can put in there if they make changes.

“The front two are right up there on current form. They made a good signing with Kion Etete who compliments Alfie May really well.

“Alfie is a real livewire who has added goals to his all round game which was always superb when I played with him at Rovers.

“If we can keep the front two quiet then I think it’s a game where we can come away with a result.”


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