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Close shares supporters' frustrations at current run

19 April 2023


Close shares supporters' frustrations at current run

19 April 2023

The Rovers squad share the pain of the supporters at the current run of form according to Ben Close

The midfielder admitted he understands the concerns of fans but offered reassurance that the players are as determined to usher in a change in form as supporters are keen to see it.

Close on how the game played out:

“It’s another disappointing result. We came here to get something from the game and didn’t get it. We didn’t create enough chances.

“In the first half I think we were caught between what we were trying to do so it was incredibly tough. In the second half we showed more bravery to get on the ball and try to play through Stevenage rather than over them. But ultimately it was a disappointing night.

“For the vast majority of the first half they overpowered us. They were a real threat in the air with direct balls and we couldn’t really handle it. Conceding the early goal made things different.”

On the run of form:

“I think the style of play we’re trying to impose, if you look back through the season, we’ve shown on many occasions that we can play a certain way. We’ve really struggled in recent months due to personnel available, mainly down to injuries.

“It’s scary how many injuries we’ve got - six or seven that would probably start games. It makes it very hard to implement a style of play and that has made it difficult in the second half of the season.”

On fan frustrations:

“We’re players and staff - we feel the pain. No one here wants to lose. We work hard every single time we step on the training pitch. We study the game to prepare for the opposition. Of course we feel the pain. We all love football and we understand fans and their opinions. We understand they want to win as much as us and at the moment that’s not happening.”

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