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Schofield frustrated despite improvements against Gillingham

8 April 2023


Schofield frustrated despite improvements against Gillingham

8 April 2023

Danny Schofield could take little solace from an improved performance from Rovers as they fell to defeat at Gillingham.

Rovers battled well and were unfortunate to take nothing away from the Good Friday trip as the hosts ran out 1-0 winners in a competitive game.

While pleased with many aspects of his side’s showing at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Schofield was thoroughly disappointed with the result.

On how the game played out:

“The result it what it is and that’s the disappointing thing. It’s the deciding factor. But in terms of performance levels, a lot of aspects I was really pleased with. How competitive we were, how good we were in the duels, how we stood up to the physical test that Gillingham always pose to you. And some of the football we played to create good opportunities was really pleasing.

“It’s always difficult to speak positively after a loss.

“We’ll continue to work hard. We know we’re in a tough moment in terms of results but that gives us more confidence with the positivity of the performance. We’ll keep working as hard as possible until the end of the season.”

On Jack Goodman’s first league start:

“Jack ran his socks off. We wanted to get support up to him but he ran the channels really well and made movements in behind. He attempted to hold the ball up against some physical centre backs. For the stage of the career he’s at, it was a good performance for him today.”

On the goal conceded:

“The manner in which we conceded was disappointing. We were fully aware of that threat from the long throw and we set up in the box to defend the first contact but the second contact was the disappointing one. We need the players to be marking the player.

“You still try to be positive with the players at half time because the performance after the first ten minutes was really good. There has to be belief that we can get back in the game.

“Stick the principles and stick to the game plan that we’d adapted throughout the week in order for us to be competitive in certain areas. I think we were unfortunate not to come away with anything in the end.”

On the impact of the substitutes:

“You always want your subs to make an impact and I think they did. We’ve got another game coming up on Monday so I was fully aware with some players and how many minutes I wanted them to play. That’s the standard - any player that is coming in needs to make an impact and I think they did that.”

On the run of results:

“Sometimes it’s difficult to highlight a certain area and we just need to keep putting the players on the pitch with the messages that will help them show their capabilities in both defence and attack. I think we had a really good moment in the first half with Ben Nelson’s header and there was the chances for Kyle Hurst and Kieran Agard late on. At times it’s just about converting those chances.

“We’ll keep working, take lots of positives from this performance but we know we’ve got to win games.”

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