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Anderson ready for hard work to bounce back from Colchester disappointment

20 November 2022


Anderson ready for hard work to bounce back from Colchester disappointment

20 November 2022

Tom Anderson is relishing the hard work demanded of the Rovers squad by head coach Danny Schofield and is expecting a tough fortnight on the training ground ahead of the next game.

Rovers are not in action until December 2 following the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Colchester United.

Anderson - who captained Rovers at the JobServe Community Stadium - insists the squad are determined to put things right after a frustrating performance and will be ready for an intensive period of training.

Anderson on how the game played out:

“It was very disappointing from ourselves. I don’t think we started the game as well as last week but we had a 25 minute period where we felt like something was coming.

“It’s the old cliche but it was the worst time to concede, just before half time. It was a great free kick and sometimes you just have to put your hands up and accept you can’t do much about it.

“In the second half, they scored two good goals but didn’t create much else. It was one of those days unfortunately.

“We were sloppy and gave the ball away too easily. We came in feeling okay at half time and thought we just needed to get the next goal.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Their position in the league doesn’t do them justice to how they’ve been, especially in the last few games. They’ve got good players, as we saw.”

On the search for consistency:

“It’s a tough one because you feel like you’re taking a step forward and then a step back.

“At times, that can be football and even life. You have to be as consistent as possible but it’s not plain sailing.

“We had two good results against Gillingham and Grimsby, followed by a setback. It’s about how we bounce back and perform.”

On the extended break to the next game:

“Personally, I want a game to come as quickly as possible to put things right. That’s football though. It’s never going to be hunky-dory every week.

“We have to make sure we work hard over these next two weeks on the training ground, which we will do, and make sure we’re ready for Walsall on December 2.”

On life under Danny Schofield:

“I’m really enjoying it. It’s hard work and that’s how I like to work.

“In all the games, barring King’s Lynn and this one, we’ve performed well. We got the result at Crewe and were unlucky against Stevenage because we dominated the game. In the games against Gillingham and Grimsby, we played well and I think you can see the philosophy the gaffer wants to bring in.

“We will keep working and working hard. Training is hard work but you don’t get anywhere without hard work so we’ll keep doing that snd keep progressing.”

On his own fitness and form:

“I’m okay. Having such a long time out, it’s never easy and it’s not just going to happen for me overnight. You think of a pre-season when players have been off, you have a six week period and four or five games to get you ready for the season.

“I’m still dealing with a few niggles but I’m happy to be back playing. I’ve played a few games now and it’s all about getting the feeling back for it. I’m enjoying being back around the lads and playing weekly.

“I’m getting on a bit now so I’ve got to make sure I don’t push too much but whenever in a game, I’ll always give my all and try my best.”

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