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Westbrooke relishing midfield relationships at Rovers

15 October 2023

Zain Westbrooke is loving life in the thriving Rovers midfield.

The 26-year-old has been one of the shining stars for Rovers so far this term and netted his first goal for the club in the 4-1 win over Sutton United.

Westbrooke believes building good relationships in the middle of the park has been key to his own form, and Rovers’ upturn in results.

“It is enjoyable,” he said. “We’ve been playing a nice brand of football - one that I believe I look best in and suit best.

“With Closey in midfield, we’re building a good relationship in there, looking to dictate games.

“Adding Rowey, Biggo and George in there as well, it’s been really enjoyable.

“We have to be. Teams are going to try to stop us playing, as we saw against Sutton.

“You have to have tactics and systems to try to work in. We’re all comfortable in rotating, so it’s all good.”

Westbrooke welcomed the ruthlessness Rovers showed in seeing off Sutton and making their dominance of the ball count at the weekend.

He said: “I think in a lot of games we’ve been quite comfortable in the way that we’ve attacked teams, pressed them and made it hard for them.

“But in too many games we’ve let that slip and conceded sloppy goals that’s meant we haven’t come away with the three points.

“In this one we took our chances when we were on top and it meant that although we were frustrated to concede a goal in the 98th minute, we’d done the work to take the three points.

“In other games we haven’t put those chances away and it’s cost us.”

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