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Jones relishing pressure of holding onto starting shirt

9 December 2023


Jones relishing pressure of holding onto starting shirt

9 December 2023

Louis Jones is welcoming the pressure of needing to perform to hold onto the starting shirt at Rovers.

Jones has been the first choice keeper at the club for the last three months and while happy with his form, he is refusing to rest on his laurels with Ian Lawlor pushing him.

“It’s the same for any keeper when your first choice or second choice, it’s a challenge to keep your place and keep doing well,” he told the media ahead of the trip to Accrington Stanley. “That competition is a good thing.

“It’s the same whether it’s me or Lawsy - we both have the same attitude to how we want to play and we’ve got a good relationship.

“I think I’ve done pretty well since I came in and I had one of my better games last week against Peterborough in the cup. I’m enjoying it and I just want to play as many games as I can.

“I think it’s helped me that the team performances have been good. As a goalie, you can only do so much. You can’t chase a game, it has to come to you. You can only make saves when the saves come and you can only come and take crosses that are there to be claimed.

“It’s just about staying level and focused in all different types of games.”

While Rovers’ away form is not currently matching their impressive results at the Eco-Power Stadium, Jones is confident there will be an improvement if the manner of recent performances continue.

“Recently for us as a team, even though we haven’t always got the results, our performances have been better.

“Peterborough last weekend, as a team we performed well. We beat Accrington away in the cup. Apart from Wimbledon away, we’ve been performing well away from home and now it’s just about getting the result.

“The fans that have followed us have been brilliant and we probably owe them more than we’ve been able to give them in terms of results.

“They’re always loud and we hear them. We owe it to them to perform how we have been and I’m sure the results will come.

“It’s what fans want - wholehearted, disciplined performances and hopefully we can give them that.”


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