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No substitute for hard work - Steele

7 November 2016

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Jason Steele is calling for everyone to ‘stick together’ as the team strives to find a formula to start moving up the table.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper was speaking after Rovers’ 2-1 defeat away to Aston Villa, when a Jonathan Kodjia brace saw Steve Bruce’s side come from behind to pick up maximum points.

Rovers had opened the scoring through Sam Gallagher’s seventh goal of the season on 54 minutes, but a needless penalty soon after handing the hosts a route back into the contest and Kodjia completed the comeback with a fine solo strike 20 minutes from time. 
“First half, I think we were by far the better team and we scored at a time in the game where we were at our poorest,” said Steele.

“First 15 minutes of the second half we were poor and they were on top of us and we managed to nick a goal and then we gave a penalty away four minutes later, which was disappointing to say the least.

“We stopped playing a little bit second half. First half we were really moving the ball around and beating the press and second half we stopped that for some reason and it’s come back to haunt us.

 “At 1-1 I probably only had a couple of saves, but to be fair the second goal is a good goal. It’s a hell of a pass and it’s a great touch as well across Lowey and he’s put it in off the post.

“We’re bitterly disappointed, but we’ve got to keep our heads up because it’s surely only a matter of time before we start beating teams.”

Despite the defeat, Steele insists that the strong spirit within the squad will see the side come through this sticky spell. 

 “It’s obviously really hard to take, but we’ve all got to take it on the chin and keep plugging away and keep sticking together,” he added. “That’s the main thing, because at some point it will change.

“The group in there is a close-knit group, we’ve just got to stick together and hopefully it will pass us by.”

With no first team fixture until November 19th, Steele hopes the team can use the international break to their advantage and come out firing as we approach the busy festive period.

“We just need to work hard, it’s as simple as that,” he added. “Keep working hard and you make your own luck in life. The only thing we can do is really graft our backsides off and hopefully it will change.

“We’ve just got to keep playing well and try to find a way to win and a way to keep clean sheets, because we’re not keeping them and that’s disappointing.”

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