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Reward for a remarkable run, reflects Richie

Smallwood thrilled after Championship football is confirmed for next season

25 April 2018

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The King has spoken, and says automatic promotion is richly deserved following just one defeat in 33 games, the latest of which at Doncaster clinched promotion.

Speaking afterwards, Richie Smallwood reflected that a united club and hard work has been a big reason for the team's success, with celebrations going on into the night.
 
Charlie Mulgrew's winner with 10 minutes to go was his 14th of the season and arguably his most important of the campaign, to send Rovers back to the second tier at the first time of asking.
 
“With the start we had losing at Southend and then at home to Doncaster, we’ve kicked on," Smallwood said to reporters just moments after the match.
 
"One defeat in 33 games is a remarkable run - I’m not sure it’s been done before - and it’s a run we don’t want to end.
 
“It’s been some effort. We’ve all worked hard - the staff, players, behind the scenes. There has been a great unity at the club which has come together and we feel that.
 
“We’re all really pleased to pull on the shirt every week and give 100%. Nights like this are rewards that everyone gets."
 
With two games to go, the title is still available, with both Rovers and Wigan battling it out to top the table come 8pm on May 5th, and Richie says the team will be doing all they can to wrestle it from the Latics' grasp.
 
“Shrewsbury and Wigan have had brilliant seasons and although Wigan are in the driving seat for promotion right now, we’ll be pushing them all the way."

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