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Nelson enjoying physical battles during Rovers loan

5 March 2023


Nelson enjoying physical battles during Rovers loan

5 March 2023

Ben Nelson admits he is relishing the physical battle that clashes in Sky Bet League Two are throwing up during his loan at Rovers.

The centre back collected a third clean sheet of his spell at the club in Saturday’s goalless draw at Stockport County, which saw him tangle with towering forward Kyle Wootton.

Nelson on how the game played out:

“I felt as a team we had to dig in and we didn’t have as much possession as we’d really have wanted but it was all about fight at the end to keep the ball out of the net - the free kicks we had to endure. That was a big thing coming out of this game.

“The fact we’ve come away with a clean sheet is brilliant.

“We’ve got to get better at starting games quicker, with more intensity and concentrating more. After that point I thought we were really comfortable in the game, well in the game and we went into half time really positive. We came out in the second half wanting to do more.

“It’s a whole team effort. We defended as a team in this one, even the attackers getting back and sliding across. That’s a big thing.”

On his experience so far at Rovers:

“The way we play demands a different side of me than I showed earlier in the season but I’m really enjoying it at the minute.

“There’s a lot more to come from me but it’s been a good start.

“I just want games, games, games. That’s all I really want, and performances as well. At my age I just want to be playing football.”

On dealing with physical strikers:

“It’s something different from what I’ve come up against in the past. Wootton is a big lad and I think we dealt with him really well. We had to go toe-to-toe with him and tactically take him out of the game without making it too obvious and giving fouls away.

“I like to think I’m big enough and strong enough even though I’m only young. It’s a great challenge and I really enjoy it, coming up against these sort of players.”

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