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We've addressed certain issues heading into Newport clash: Byrne

12 January 2024

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We've addressed certain issues heading into Newport clash: Byrne

12 January 2024

Cliff Byrne says the issues which proved costly for Rovers last weekend have been addressed heading into the clash with Newport County.

Both Byrne and manager Grant McCann were frustrated by mistakes in the defeat at Harrogate Town and have worked on those areas this week.

“We review the games as staff, as a team and with individuals and within that we always feel that we can do better,” Byrne said. “I don’t think you will come across any management team who doesn’t watch a game back and have areas to improve.

“Unfortunately for us last week, the areas where we had the shortcomings led to the opposition’s goals.

“There’s not been a total focus on it but it’d be unfair of us to identify the areas we’re conceding goals and not work on it and not work with the players that have been involved. It’s not always the same people - it’s a collective and we win together and lose together.

“That has happened on the training ground this week, as it does every week, because you’re looking to improve everybody as much as you can.”

Byrne is expecting a tough test this weekend against the Exiles, who have suffered just two defeats in their last 11 matches.

“Graham Coughlan has got his team as a difficult one to play against,” he said. “He’s got a way of playing and his team can look to try to dominate in terms of their fitness levels and physical capabilities.

“They’re on a good run of late and we’ll have plenty on come Saturday.

“But we’ve had a real focus on how we can go and perform this weekend and how we see ourselves being able to capitalise.


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