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Rowe: We addressed Stockport issues quickly

8 October 2023


Rowe: We addressed Stockport issues quickly

8 October 2023

Tommy Rowe revealed the Rovers squad wasted no time addressing the issues which led to the defeat at Stockport County.

Still in the away dressing room at Edgeley Park, the players were shown in detail the lead up to Tanto Olaofe’s late header in the 1-0 defeat and left in no doubt of the reasons why Stockport were able to score.

But Rowe insisted it was not just the players directly involved in the goal that needed to take responsibility for the result - and had no doubts that would be the case.

“The best thing about this group is the honesty,” he said. “We talked about it in the changing room and ironed it out straight away. We know where the goal came from.

“But it’s not just a case of blame for the goal. The lads in forward areas and defence, we’ve all got to take more ownership in terms of putting the ball in the back of the net as well.

“There were chances there, especially from set plays where we could have gone more like we did against Crawley. There were chances there for us, we know that.

“We know when you come to somewhere like Edgeley Park that you’ve got to take your chances and it’s a game of fine margins.”

Rowe said Rovers full expected to return with something from the away trip, despite Stockport’s impressive record of five straight victories heading into the fixture.

“We have high expectations,” he said. “It was the case from the start of the season. We know where this group can go. It’s always disappointing to lose any match. When you’re at a club like Doncaster, the standards are sky high. Any game you lose is disappointing but especially when we’ve been performing well.

“This was a tough one to take. We fell off it for the last ten or 15 minutes, were punished and we need to put it right on Tuesday.”

Rowe said the challenge for Rovers is to ensure they maintain standards through to the final whistle, after being punished for switching off for the first real time at Stockport.

“We need to keep on with the performances and make sure they’re sky high for the 90 minutes,” the 35-year-old said.

“We know with the individuals in this group that chances will be taken. The lads are starting to get more confidence and are scoring goals, wide players are getting deliveries into the box and the defenders have been excellent.

“This was a blow. We’ve lost, where we expected to compete and get three points.”

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