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'It was an uphill battle' - Smith frustrated by performance against Gillingham

13 March 2022

Matt Smith was in no doubt that Rovers’ performance in their crunch clash with Gillingham was not up to scratch.

Charlie Kelman headed the Gills in front inside the first minute and, despite having the majority of possession, Rovers could not break down the stubborn opposition.

Smith was disappointed with the performance but insists the squad believes they are capable of picking up the results they need in the remaining games.

On the defeat to Gillingham:

“We’re really disappointed and it’s frustrating. You can’t start a game like that and give the goal away in that manner.

“We stepped it up a bit in the second half but we could have got more crosses into the box. We made a few half chances but in a big game it wasn’t good enough.

“When you start a game like that, it’s an uphill battle, and especially when they sit so deep and they’re hard to break down.

“The boys and the staff, we just need to pick ourselves up and move onto the next one, but we’re gutted.”

On tackling the final eight games:

“We just have to take it game by game from here and focus on what we’re going to do rather than worrying about anyone else.

“We just have to focus on getting some wins in the remaining games.

On the belief in the squad:

“I think everyone believes and that has been the mood around training.

“All season we know we have not done well but the attitude of the boys and the morale has been good.

“It’s probably not been reflected on the pitch enough but overall the attitude has been good and it needs to carry on being good.

“It just comes down to the little details, like with the first goal, and the way we start games.”


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