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Richie: It's been a remarkable run

One defeat in the last 32 games has given Rovers the advantage, with promotion edging closer

24 April 2018

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Rovers midfielder Richie Smallwood says a remarkable run has been the catalyst to possible promotion, with the team closing in on a return to the Championship.

Smallwood has been crucial in that sequence of results and with a day off at the weekend, Richie and Derrick Williams decided to take in a game, but didn't really watch it!

“I went to watch Bolton at the weekend but I didn’t see much of the game because I was checking the other scores," the combative midfielder joked.

"When Shrewsbury scored I expected them to go on and win, but when Bury equalised I gave Del a little nudge and a fist-pump, so we enjoyed that! That result put things firmly in our favour but we still have a job to do, we want to get the job done and do it our way.

“We need two points from three games but we want to finish it by winning, and we want to do it at Doncaster. Doing it there would be ideal.

“Mentally, we were preparing for it to go the distance, we had a couple of draws before we beat Peterborough but luckily they did as well. We’re in a very good position now.

“It’s been a remarkable run after a bad start. We lost the first two and lost again in October but we’ve kicked on since then and have only lost once. It’s been a great achievement but we know we haven’t done anything yet, we can only start celebrating and look back on that run once the job is done."

And Smallwood is quick to highlight the work that everyone in the squad has done in the first 42 games of the campaign, saying: “We’ve been solid, we have quality at both ends of the pitch and that wins us games. It’s been a real team effort with everyone doing their part, from David [Raya] in goal to Dacky [Bradley Dack] and Danny [Graham].

"We’ve scored a lot of goals and if you’ve got a hard-working midfield to support the attack and defence, that helps too. There’s a real team spirit here, and a desire to get out of this league."


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