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Derrick: The game plan was executed to perfection

Left back Williams was thrilled with Rovers' perfect start at Oxford United on Tuesday evening

22 November 2017

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Rovers defender Derrick Williams admitted it was the perfect start for the side following the big away win on Tuesday night at Oxford.

And the 24-year-old said that was exactly what Rovers hoped for when preparing for the trip south so soon after tackling Bury at the weekend.

A Charlie Mulgrew brace either side of Marcus Antonsson's tap in put Rovers in command just 17 minutes in, and despite all the visitors' good work in the first 45, like fellow defender Mulgrew, Williams was left frustrated that the side allowed the hosts a possible root back into the game.

"We started off really well, which was the game plan prior to the match," Derrick reflected.

"We wanted to start off quick, get at them and they couldn't handle us in the first 20 or 25 minutes.

"After that we should have kept the ball a little better. We let them back into it a couple of times, which is frustrating as you really want that clean sheet.

"We fell asleep a bit and took our foot off the pedal, but it's a tough place to come and we did really well.

"We did well to keep them out. They are a good team with strong individual players."

Jack Payne's goal just before half time meant Oxford came flying out of the traps after the break, and although Rovers were under the cosh during the second period, stood strong and with 20 minutes to go Joe Nuttall effectively killed the tie - something which took the pressure off Tony Mowbray's side, says Williams.

"Joe's goal came at a good time for us. He's turning into a key player in the squad. He works hard and gets his rewards.

"Hopefully we get some momentum now, keep this going and take it into Saturday's game," Rovers' number three concluded.

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