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Close satisfied with Accrington point - all things considered

10 December 2023


Close satisfied with Accrington point - all things considered

10 December 2023

Ben Close felt Rovers picked up a solid point at Accrington Stanley given the tough circumstances in which the game was played.

Swirling winds and driving rain had a significant impact in how the match played out, with both sides struggling for fluidity and control of possession.

And midfielder Close said, despite the determination to take the three points, there could be some satisfaction in the Rovers camp at collecting a first away draw of the campaign in the league.

“It was tough, really tough conditions and probably some of the worst I’ve played in,” he said.

“It made it really hard to gain any kind of control. It was really unpredictable where the ball was going to go or where it was landing.

“It was really tough and all in all, it was a good point.

“In the first half the wind was going downhill for us but then every so often it would start swirling so it was unpredictable and you’d lose track of where the ball was going to land. You had the driving rain in your face and the pitch was wet and firm so it was skiddy, which makes things hard as well.

“You’re also playing against a good team who are really competitive so putting all that together, it makes for a really tough game. I thought we battled well.

“We were really strong in moments, both individually and collectively.

“There’s still loads to improve but considering the conditions, I thought there was some good stuff and we had chances to win it.”

Close sent in an excellent delivery late in the game which Harrison Biggins headed onto the crossbar in the closest Rovers came to breaking the deadlock.

“It was a really good chance for us,” he said. “I think we had three or four half chances where we got into some really good positions but didn’t quite make the most of them, which is something we’re always looking to improve.

“In really tough conditions it’s hard to create clear cut chances.”

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