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Performance delights Schofield as much as result at Grimsby

13 November 2022


Performance delights Schofield as much as result at Grimsby

13 November 2022

Danny Schofield insisted he got the performance he was hoping for as Rovers comfortably beat Grimsby Town.

A brace from George Miller and a stunning strike from Harrison Biggins saw Rovers through a 3-1 triumph at Blundell Park.

Head coach Schofield believes getting performances correct ensures positive results will follow.

And he was delighted with the showing from his players at Grimsby - particularly in light of the disappointing day in the FA Cup the previous week.

On how the game played out:

“It’s really pleasing after the disappointment last week in the FA Cup. It was difficult. The lads responded really well in training and I thought the effort and hard work they put in this week, they carried it onto the pitch and fully deserved the win.

“We had to lift them last week and for them to respond in that way was fantastic.

“As a coach, you want a good start. You want to be on the front foot, you want to me the more aggressive, first tackles, first pass, playing in the opposition half.

“It doesn’t always work out that way but I thought over the first 15 minutes we started very well. The momentum shifted a bit but I thought we were still in control of the game.

“It’s credit to the players to buy into what we’re trying to do.

“Grimsby is a tough place to come and I’ve experienced it as a player over the years. Psychologically you need to be tuned in and prepared. The lads implemented some really good football to win the game.

On Harrison Biggins’ goal:

“I’m pleased for Harrison. He’s hit the crossbar with two really good strikes in previous games - one from the half way line, one from a free kick.

“For him to catch that as sweetly as he did, shows the quality he has.

“I don’t want to single out a player. He only scores that goal because of the efforts of everyone else. We were outstanding then.”

On George Miller’s brace and overall performance:

“I think George’s work ethic, his application, his willingness to run for the team, to chase lost causes and run in the channels, and his ability as a footballer comes on top of that.

“He deserved his two goals today and he could have scored a few more. But he should be very pleased with his performance.”

On the impact of the win and performance:

“We talk a lot about confidence in elite level sport and that is what we are. Confidence is a big thing.

“Wins help performances but it’s all about performances for me and I felt this one deserved the win.

“If we continue working to that level and the lads want to grow and get better, as I do, we can be pretty positive.

“When you put in a performance like that, both in defence and attack, you have to leave here with a lot of confidence.

“I’m somebody who wants to keep pushing the players. I’ve got a group of players who want to push themselves to be better and that’s the key. It’s not ‘that was good, same again’ it’s ‘what can be better and what can we improve on to increase that level of performance?’

On the format of the next few weeks:

“I do plan and strategise and prepare for games in advance but it’s the old saying of we take every game until it comes.

“We’re Saturday-Saturday right up to Christmas now so we have really good weeks to get stuff into the players and get them tactically and technically prepared.

“When I initially joined we had Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday which wasn’t ideal because we only had two days on the pitch before each game.

“But the lads are picking up lots of things we’re trying to implement. We’d deal with it if it was Saturday-Tuesday but with it being Saturday-Saturday, we have good weeks of preparations so we just have to take every week as it is and look at it in a positive way and as an advantage for us.”

On his goals for the coming weeks:

“We always set our sights high. It’s performances and processes all the time - that’s my only focus.

“It’s keeping players as fit as possible and pushing them to break the limits of where they think they physically can get to and then we can continue to grow.

“The performances get the results so my focus will always be on performances.”

On celebrating with Rovers supporters at full time:

“It was a special feeling, really emotional. I really can’t describe it.

“As people know, I’m a Doncaster lad and I know I had friends in that crowd.

“To have that support from the fans, it gives you so much. I talk about positive energy all the time and when you have that connection through good times and also the bad times, it;’s outstanding.

“I thought the fans were excellent and they played a big part in our victory.”

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