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Marcus: We know what's required

Swedish attacker says the team are ready for a huge remaining nine games of the campaign

28 March 2018

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Between now and Saturday 5th May, Rovers have nine games to decide their destiny, and loan forward Marcus Antonsson says the team are ready for whatever is thrown at them in that time.

Marcus has certainly played a big part in Rovers' rise towards the top of the table, weighing in with eight goals since joining on loan from Leeds United in the summer.

He made his Rovers debut in the reverse fixture against Thursday's visitors Bradford City back in August, and says it's exciting to be involved in a promotion race.

“It’s massive – nine cup finals left and you can feel it on the training pitch every day," the Swede said with a smile.

“You want to play these games as a footballer, the ones that matter, the big crowds. We have shown that we have been good and have the lads in the group who can handle the pressure.

“Not every team can have but I feel we have what it takes in this situation, but we will found out in the next couple of weeks if I am right.

“We’re really looking forward to this last couple of weeks and are ready.

After a blistering November, where the 26-year-old scored five goals, things were looking great for the number 20, who looked a real threat coming in from the left flank.

But an ankle injury picked up against Scunthorpe in the last game of 2017 stopped him in his tracks and Antonsson spent the next two-and-a-half months on the sidelines.

During that time, Antonsson has seen both Adam Armstrong and Jack Payne come into the club, also on loan, and has seen his gametime limited, but he knows he still has a big part to play in the next month or so.

“Everyone can’t be out on the pitch playing because there are only 11 players out there so there is a big responsibility for the others to be behind the ones who are playing," he added.

“The good relationship is a big thing and we have that in this group. You always want to play games but when you are not you still have a big part to play.

“You have to be behind them, support them and it’s massive to be good in training to get the quality of training high. I think we have everything it takes."

Rovers are next in action on Thursday 29th March against Bradford City. Kick-off against the Bantams is at 7.45pm, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here 

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