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Schofield: Self belief clear to see in Barrow win

15 February 2023


Schofield: Self belief clear to see in Barrow win

15 February 2023

Danny Schofield believes a growing self belief among the Rovers squad was clear to see in the win over Barrow.

Rovers triumphed 1-0 over the Cumbrian side to secure a third straight victory as well as a third consecutive clean sheet.

And head coach Schofield felt the belief in the group was evident in both attacking and defensive play.

Schofield on how the game played out:

“It was a hard fought victory. To keep a third clean sheet on the bounce was fantastic. I think the players deserve all the credit in terms of the effort and application.

“I thought the first half was very good. We controlled a lot of the moments and produced some really good attacking play, created some good chances, scored a good goal.

“In the second half it was very much a fight with lots of direct balls, lots of first contact and second contacts. I felt we were a bit open at times on the transition which we’ll look back and reflect on as always.

“I can’t fault the lads. They gave everything for that victory.

“The lads have shown another side to them in how they can compete. There were some really good moments in the first half and I thought they managed the game well at times in the second half.”

On the defensive effort:

“When we were attacking, we were probably at our most vulnerable. In the middle of the pitch we were quite open, which is something I’m not fully pleased about and we’ll speak with the players about how we can improve.

“We dealt with a lot of the direct balls and when the ball did come into the box, we defended it well and Mitch [Jonathan Mitchell] was excellent in how he came to collect the ball.

“I think going in 1-0 down at half time, it’s always a precarious scoreline. We discussed how to manage the game and what we felt Barrow would do coming out. We knew they’d chuck everything at it.

On James Maxwell’s goal:

“I’m really pleased for James because he’s been performing at a very good level and he’s continuing to improve and grow in different parts of his game. I’m really pleased he got the winner.

“There was some really good combination play. It’s something pleasing to see because relationships improve all the time when we get to understand each other.

“I spoke to James about it and he feels he’s got a really good understanding of what the other players want from him.

“Particularly in the final third, we want players to be really creative, we want them to combine and shift the defence about when they’re defending quite deep.”

On confidence in the group:

“I think when you get three clean sheets and you get three wins on the bounce, confidence is high. I speak a lot about having the self belief and the collective belief - individuals having that self belief but us collectively believing in what we’re doing every day.

“We speak a lot about processes. The processes have got to be nailed and we’ve got to train relentlessly, we’ve got to prepare as well as we can and professionally as well.

‘That will bring confidence.”

On Tom Anderson’s absence:

“He had a bit of a pain in his foot and he;’s had it scanned. There was no onset of serious damage but it was showing something that might create a problem going forward.

“You can risk it and see how it goes but we felt it was best to give him ten to 14 days to get it right.”

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