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Schofield expecting 'aggressive' test for Rovers from Harrogate Town

6 March 2023

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Schofield expecting 'aggressive' test for Rovers from Harrogate Town

6 March 2023

Danny Schofield is targeting the first of a hopeful home double this week for Rovers as they welcome Harrogate Town to the Eco-Power Stadium.

Harrogate visit on Tuesday night, looking to pick up vital points in their Sky Bet League Two survival bid.

And Schofield has warned the Rovers squad they will face an aggressive test from Harrogate as they look to secure points to aid the push for a top seven finish.

Schofield on the health of the squad:

“Everyone is pretty good. We’ve had a good prep session, very light and everyone seems in good spirits.

“No one has reported anything. Just the ones that had knocks prior to the game so everyone got through it pretty good.”

On the quick turnaround between games:

“You have to reflect quickly with the game coming on the Tuesday. We just try to relate everything to our gameplan - what went well, what we could improve on. You have to reduce the amount of clips you show and time you spend before moving onto Harrogate. It’s the same sort of process as normal but a bit more watered down.”

On the hunt for consecutive home wins this week:

“That will be the message to the players. We can take lots of positives out of the last game against Stockport. We know we can win football games. We know we won three on the spin before so it’s something we need to aim to do now.

“There’s 13 games left and a lot of points to play for so we need to go full throttle.”

On the test of Harrogate:

“I’ve watched a number of their games and they’re a very aggressive team. They have a 4-4-2 structure, they press quite aggressively and they’ve got players who can cause problems in attack and defence. They’ll come with that same spirit and fight to try to win the football game.

“Do I see them posing different problems to Stockport? Yes. Do I see us having different challenges? Definitely, but we need to be prepared for that and I feel we are.

“First and foremost, as an opposition coach, I look at how competitive an opponent is. How many chances are they conceding, what are the chances they are creating, what is their style of play? The results will tell you everything at the end of the day but we look deeper at what the performances are like. We feel they are a competitive team.”

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