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Schofield happy with early signs of progress in Crewe draw

23 October 2022


Schofield happy with early signs of progress in Crewe draw

23 October 2022

Danny Schofield was pleased to see shoots of progress from Rovers as they earned a 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra in his first game as head coach.

Schofield was only afforded two days to work with his players ahead of the trip to the Mornflake Stadium but felt there were signs the squad had taken his instructions on board.

George Miller capped off a fine move to grab the equaliser for Rovers after Courtney Baker-Richardson had given the hosts the lead.

Schofield on how the game played out:

“It was a difficult game. I thought there were a lot of contacts, a lot of duels but I think we deserved a point.

“We tried to be as simple as possible with the messages when we had the players on the pitch on Thursday and Friday. Building up to a game with only two days preparation is not ideal but I saw things on the pitch that we’ve tried to implement.

“We’re a work in progress. You can’t change things how I see and how the club wants football to be played but I saw things that I was pleased about in such a short space of time.

“I was a little bit disappointed with our end points when the ball was in wide areas but that’s something we’ve probably not even mentioned over the two days. It’s something we’ll work on.

“It’s going to take time and it is a process but this was a well-deserved point. We’ll take that, we’ll review it and quickly prepare for Stevenage.”

On George Miller’s penalty miss and subsequent goal:

“These things happen. I think George Miller missed the penalty but showed exactly the type of character he is by getting the goal in the second half.

“I’ve no blame on players for missing penalties and giving passes away. The only thing I blame players for is poor attitude and lack of effort.

“I’ve been a player and I know what it’s like to be really criticised and it can be difficult at times. These things happen and George has moved on from it and he’ll be stronger for that experience.

“He’s on nine goals now and he’s an important member of the squad.”

On building the confidence of players:

“I think we speak about confidence all the time, instilling belief and creating environments and culture. They’re buzzwords and they don’t hold any real weight.

“It’s about your day to day interaction with people, your behaviours and your actions and then that grows the confidence.

“We’ll support the players and instil that belief and confidence in them. But at the end of the day when they have that support, the belief has to come from within.”

On the experience of the last few days and getting to work on the training ground:

“I think it’s been just over a month out of football for me and the opportunity came really quickly.

“It’s something I’ve known and done all my life. I love football. I’m passionate about developing football players to win football games.

“I think in the couple of days I’ve had to work with them, the players are very engaged and open-minded about what we’re trying to do.

“It’s simplicity in the messages. We’re not going to overcomplicate things. It’s going to be core values and key principles on top of that.”

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