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Martin confident of a Rovers recovery

1 May 2022

Josh Martin believes Rovers will bounce back strongly following relegation from Sky Bet League One.

The winger signed off from his loan from Norwich City with the equalising goal in the 1-1 draw at Oxford United in the final game of the season, which confirmed the drop to League Two.

He reflected on the positive personal experience during his loan and spoke of his confidence in Rovers to respond well to the setback.

On how the game played out:

“I think we started the game well. Oxford did well to get the first goal but the lads stuck in the game, fought really hard and got the goal. I thought we deserved more.

“I think we were a bit unlucky at the end not to grab the winner.

“I think we just didn;t have the final touch to get it in the back of the net but I couldn’t be more proud of the boys.”

On his goal:

“I thought it was quite lucky myself, but it’s always nice to get a goal.

“I’ve had a lot of shots from outside the box in the last four or five months so it’s just nice to get one in.

“The change of style within the team has helped me a lot to get on the ball more and I think being able to play through the lines has played to my strengths.”

On being a key man in attack:

“Everyone is working together. I help a lot going forward but I’m not so much of an impact player defensively.

“Going forward, they’ve tried to look through me to play in the strikers or get a shot off.

“It’s nice to have that pressure put on you to deliver.

‘Bozzy [John Bostock] and Clayts [Adam Clayton] will always try to find you. If you make that run and call for it, you’re expecting that ball to come. They’re both quality players.”

On what might have been:

“There is disappointment. There’s a feeling that we could have got another goal in a game that we drew, like the Fleetwood game, and we’d have been safe in the league.”

On his loan:

“I came here with a desire to play, win as many games as we can and help the team as much as possible.

“I wanted to gain as much experience as possible.

“For me personally, other than being relegated which is not nice, it’s been a very good experience for me and I’m more than happy.”

On how Rovers will fare next season:

“I think with the quality we have in the team, with the manager and the coaching staff, I don’t want to jinx anything but I feel we will do very well next season.”


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