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Richie: We'll keep our feet on the ground

Smallwood says it's important to not get too high and not get too low in the remaining nine games

20 March 2018

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Midfielder Richie Smallwood says the focus from now on in has to be not getting too high when Rovers win and not too low when they don't.

Still sitting pretty at the top of the table, Rovers have a big nine games left this season to decide their destiny, whilst chasing pair Shrewsbury and Wigan still have games in hand.
 
But as someone who knows what it takes to get out of this division, Smallwood, who's been a key cog in the Rovers machine this term, says keeping everyone's feet on the ground is absolutely vital.
 
“We know we don’t have the games in hand, they do," he says when talking about second placed Shrewsbury and third placed Wigan. "We just have to keep getting the three points on the board and if others slip up then the pressure is all on them.
 
“You can’t get too high when you win. You have to keep going when you are struggling. Wigan showed last week how much that point meant to them. We were disappointed to not get the three points.
 
“Fast-forward a week and we were the ones celebrating and they’re the ones who were disappointed because they could only draw."
 
And looking ahead to the final nine matches of the campaign, the 27-year-old enforcer maintains that all Rovers can do is keep consistent and keep winning the games as they come.
 
“We’ve got nine big games left and if we can keep winning then we’ll get those points on the board and keep the pressure on our opponents to win their games in hand," Richie adds.
 
"They will have to win them as we’ll have our points on the board. We’ll be sitting back on those Tuesday nights watching on."

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