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Schofield challenges Rovers to deliver right response to King's Lynn defeat

6 November 2022


Schofield challenges Rovers to deliver right response to King's Lynn defeat

6 November 2022

Danny Schofield says the challenge to his Rovers players is to move on quickly from disappointment in the Emirates FA Cup.

Rovers were beaten 1-0 by National League North leaders King’s Lynn Town to end their cup campaign at the first stage.

Schofield was disappointed with the manner of his side’s performance and has urged his players to react decisively from the defeat.

Schofield on his assessment of the game:

“It’s a difficult one to take. In the last three games previously I’ve seen a lot of positives in the performances. This one was not a good performance and I don’t think we deserved to win the game.

“We speak about the fundamentals as we prepare for every game - how important starting games strongly is, how physical we want to be, the need to compete, winning first and second balls, intense with our actions. I thought we were second in all that today.

“It’s difficult to take. Results are massive in any football game and in the FA Cup, if you don’t get the result you get knocked out.
“I don’t think the performance was where it has been and I thought King’s Lynn deserved the win.

“I’ve given the players a lot of praise from what I’ve seen in the previous performances but in this one we fell short.

“We’ve watched a lot of King’s Lynn and we knew they were a very good team for the level they’re playing out. We knew they were aggressive and want to get up against your players and press in a man-for-man situation.

“We just need to be better in those situations, much cleaner with the ball, sharper to make movements, give options to players when they have the ball. I don’t think we did that and it invited the pressure onto us. We didn’t find solutions."

On conceding the winning goal:

“As soon as he came on the pitch we knew the type of football game it was going to be from then on.

“We are constantly working on things like that in training - the set plays, the long throws, the fundamental parts of football.

“We didn’t defend that well enough today.”

On addressing his players after the game:

“I’m open and honest with the players. I tell them what I think and I expect that back from them.

“We’re in this together. We’ve got to be honest and open and show our feelings.

“Things were said in the changing room but it’s to try to progress and try to reflect and react quickly from this disappointment.

“To lose to a lower league team in the FA Cup is difficult to take but we need to make sure we move forward in a positive manner from this.”

On having the tools to play the style he wants to implement:

“I think if you look at the players that were missing - Tom Anderson and Joe Olowu - they’re first team players who are pretty much established. I think we’re capable of playing football.

“We need to believe in what we’re doing. The players need to believe in it, which I think they are doing, and the coaching needs to reflect that.

“If you look at the previous performances in terms of what we tried to do in a short space of time, I think it’s been pretty positive. This one wasn’t but we’ll reflect and try to pick the bones out of it.”

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