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McSheffrey confident of positive response at Hartlepool United

8 September 2022

Club News

McSheffrey confident of positive response at Hartlepool United

8 September 2022

Gary McSheffrey hopes Rovers have received a kick up the backside from the first league defeat of the season as they prepare to bounce back at Hartlepool United this weekend.

Rovers suffered their first loss of the Sky Bet League Two campaign against Mansfield Town last weekend after a below par performance.

McSheffrey says his players have looked good on the training ground at Cantley Park this week and is confident they will deliver a positive response on Saturday.

On bouncing back from the first league defeat of the season:

“We’ve had a good week’s training. We’ve been preparing well and we will for the rest of the week to go up to Hartlepool and get a better performance and better result.

“We need to find a way and be better. We’ve done a lot of practice this week to try to be better on the ball and in possession. Hopefully that can come to fruition.

“Sometimes it takes a little shock to the system of a poor result and a performance that is not quite up to standard. The little kick up the backside can bring you back down to the ground and make sure you’re not getting ahead of yourselves.

“We want to make a positive out of it and that’s what I want this to be.

“We constantly want to raise the bar, raise the standards and be better.

“We’re on track but we know we can play a lot better and have the players to do that.”

On the test of Hartlepool:

“I’m expecting a team that are hungry to get a win.

“They try to play. They’ve been unlucky in a few games and were certainly unlucky last weekend not to get their first three points.

“We’re expecting a difficult game against a team we’ll give our utmost respect to.

“We’ll have to be at our best to go there and get anything.

“They always get good players that go on to have good careers having spent a couple of their early seasons at the club. They get the right type of player.

“They signed a lot of players in the summer and they’re trying to play a different brand of football but it takes time.

“Hopefully they get it right - just not on Saturday.”

On facing a side that have struggled so far this season:

“We need to be even more focused. These are the ones that bite you on the bum if you take them light heartedly.

“Hartlepool eventually will get a run and get it right. We have to give them our respect and take our a-game.

“They try to play and at home in front of their own fans they have to get on it and try to open teams up.

“It could be a little game of chess at times but there will be times when they’re going to have to come at us.

“It’ll be a tricky one but it’s one we’re prepared for.”

On Lee Tomlin’s contribution so far:

“He’s a good player. He thinks probably two or three seconds ahead of some players at this level.

“He’s looking good. He’s getting fitter all the time. He’s been lasting 90 minutes in a few games.

“We brought him in to be that x-factor, that link between midfield and the strikers. I think people are starting to see what he can bring to the table.”

“He’s been robust up to now and we feel we’ve got a couple of players in the building that can step in if he needs a breather.

“We look after him, keep him fresh and monitor him game by game.”

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