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Anderson: We have full backing of head coach to deliver his style

2 March 2023

The Rovers squad feel they have the full backing of head coach Danny Schofield to deliver his style of football, according to Tom Anderson.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stockport County, the captain says Schofield’s faith gives the players freedom out on the pitch.

Anderson on finding consistency as a team:

“I think it’s the key word and the biggest attribute we all need to look at as a squad.

“There are some games where we batter teams and get the results, then there’s some games where we’re that little bit off it. Even if you’re one per cent off it, results can go against it.

“We maybe didn’t do enough to win the game against Bradford but I think we did enough to get something out of the game. That’s where we need to learn sometimes that if you don’t win the game, then make sure you don’t lose.

“There’s 14 games left and still plenty of points to play for. We’ll be ready for each game and ready to pick up the three points in each one.”

On working under Danny Schofield:

“It’s the confidence he gives to us, and the ambition. The information he gives to us - when he first came through the door he was telling us things and you’re thinking no manager has ever really told me that before. You think about it, you see it in games and you see players in the Premier League doing it at the top level.

“I’ve said it in the past but we have to implement what he wants to do in the game. At times we’re doing that really well but it’s about doing it on a more consistent basis.

“One of the biggest things since he’s come in here is that he’s given us the freedom to go and play the way he wants us to play. That can be a big difference for a player - when they know they have the backing of the manager and the freedom to express themselves. It can go a long way.”

On his relationship with supporters:

“I think the word relationship is right - and in any relationship you’re going to have arguments. I think that was one day where the fans were very passionate and I was. It’s football, it happens. We move on, we all come together, we play a game of football, get three points and the fans are happy and everyone is.

“Nothing fazes me there. They have a right to express their opinion. It’s football, it’s what it is. You get on with it and move on.”

On the test of Stockport:

“It’s a great place to go and put a marker down. There’ll be a great atmosphere. It’s a big club that’s had a lot of success over the last couple of seasons so it’ll be a tough game.

“But we know what we need to do and we’ll be ready for them.”

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