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McSheffrey calls for strong workrate against Mansfield

2 September 2022

Club News

McSheffrey calls for strong workrate against Mansfield

2 September 2022

Gary McSheffrey says Rovers will need to match the workrate of Mansfield Town when they visit the Eco-Power Stadium this weekend.

Rovers are looking to secure a fourth straight win in Sky Bet League Two when they host Nigel Clough’s side.

McSheffrey was full of praise for how hardworking Mansfield are and insists Rovers must deliver on that front if they are to continue their good form.

On the depth of the squad following the end of the transfer window:

“I think we’re in a good position considering some of the positions we were in last year.

“Players coming in or coming back from injury, there’s no pressure to come in and hit the ground running and make an instant impact.

“It’s about coming into a settled squad, a decent team with some good pros around them.

“I feel quite lucky that we’ve got a lot more strength in depth than last year and once we get players back in a few weeks, we’ll be fine.”

On Tommy Rowe’s pending 200th appearance for the club:

“His new deal this summer was one of the big priorities. With the direction I wanted to take it and the personnel I wanted to bring in, you need someone like Rowey at the front, driving things.

“He’s been a great servant to the club and to chalk up 200 in four seasons is brilliant.

“When Tommy Rowe is on the team sheet, some clubs aren’t going to know where he’s playing because he’s so adaptable.”

On the prospect of facing Mansfield:

“I just know they’re a really hard-working team.

“I watched them quite a bit last year. We played against them in the FA Cup. They were fitter than us that day. I think we’re a fitter team now.

“They’re hard working, well organised, physical with good height and legs up front.

“It’s not one we can take lightly at all. I think it’ll be our toughest test yet.

“They’re very workmanlike. They’ve got a really experienced manager who has been there and knows what it takes.

“We don’t know what they’ll come with but we do know they’ll come with a great work ethic and run their socks off for the fans and the manager. 

“It’s not going to be easy so we’re really going to have to be at it.”

On how he has changed since his first game in charge, against Mansfield:

“I’m probably similar in terms of the adrenaline.

“But I’d say I’m calmer, a bit more in control of what we’re doing. I know what I’m getting from my starting XI, with the team taking shape. I know the mentality I’ve got in the squad, that they can come through hurdles during games quite comfortably.

“Hopefully we can continue to just doing what I’m doing. Let’s try to keep some momentum. 

“We respect teams and we’re cautious of who we come up against. But we have to believe in ourselves and stick to our principles of what we want to do and let the opposition worry about us.

“We want to win every game and we have the players capable of doing that. It’s about keeping the levels of consistency up there.”

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