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McSheffrey promises plenty of work to end poor run

18 September 2022

Club News

McSheffrey promises plenty of work to end poor run

18 September 2022

Gary McSheffrey pledged that there will be plenty of hard work from his squad and staff in order to arrest the recent downturn in form for Rovers.

The defeat to Swindon Town on Saturday was the third consecutive loss in Sky Bet League Two and McSheffrey is determined to return to the good run of results which saw his side start the season so strongly.

On how the game played out:

“I think they moved the ball quite well and physically looked better than us. They had better ball carriers than us.

“We created a couple of half chances but didn’t deserve much out of the game.

“It’d have been nice to grind out a draw and stop the rot but it didn’t happen.

“They deserved the win.”

On the approach to the game:

“It was about trying to win the individual battles and be on the front foot.

“We know they like to play out regardless so could we affect it with a high press early on.

“They’re good players that can deal with the football. Sometimes they’re going to play through you and sometimes you’ve got to sit off a little bit. If they’re not hurting you, it’s not really a problem.

“Go out there and play with some personality and less fear to what we’ve seen recently.

“I think they worked hard and you can’t fault the work ethic.

“But was there a real desire to be the matchwinner or get involved in the game. There was a few lacking that.”

On recent performances:

“I don’t think they’re going through the motions. A month ago we looked like a team with such desire and structure to go to the end. Two and a half weeks later we look like a team lacking energy.

“I think it’s sometimes the fear of failure creeping in. You lose one, then two on the spin and then it’s three. There’s no easy way out of it. You’re not just going to click your fingers and be out of it.

“You have to work through it and be brave. That will be the message.

“We’ll keep working hard and trying to get the best out of them.

“We’ll not just scrutinise and hammer them. That’s not how we do things.

“We’ll pick the bones out of it and try to improve the players. But a lot of it needs to come from within as well.”

On recent results taking the shine off the strong start to the season:

“You can’t live in the past. You’re only as good as your last game and the next one is the most important in your career, whether you’re a player or manager.

“We don’t dwell on that. We took good energy from some courageous performances.

“You don’t become a really poor team overnight. You can just lack a bit of confidence and we’ve got to try to instil that into them again.”

On a lack of chances being created:

“You want to create chances. We want to get ot the top end of the pitch and get shots off, provide crosses, and serve the boxes for strikers like George to look the threat he was a few weeks back and through pre-season.,

“It’s not a concern we’ll shirk away from. We’ll try to get through it.”

On a message to supporters:

“The performance wasn’t good enough and it didn’t excite them. We’ll take it on the chin.

“You’ve got to be mentally strong and a tough character to play elite sport. You like taking plaudits when doing well so you have to take the negative response as well.

“I won’t hide away from anything. I take responsibility for the team I selected, the changes I made and the performance level.

“You can rest assured we’re trying to get through this, make it a lot better and make us the team we were only two and half weeks ago that they were adoring.”


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