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The force of habit...

Elliott Bennett tells us all about his pre-match routine having reached 300 games as a player

8 October 2018

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Rovers midfielder Elliott Bennett has honed his skills over the years as a player, but across those 300 games, the 29-year-old has also developed a routine.

After clocking up game number 300 on Saturday in the win over Bolton Wanderers, Benno's admitted that he's now got into a habit, with some superstitions thrown in when it comes to games.
 
“I have a routine I’ve done over time, over those last 300 games and it’s helped me get in the right mindset," he revealed to iFollow Rovers.
 
“I put my boots, shin pads and socks all on the left side first. I don’t know why because I’m right footed, so it’s a little bit mad.
 
“Before I go out I have a word with myself, thank my family for supporting me, tell myself to give everything and that everything I do is for my kids.
 
“The last part is a new one because my kids are very young."
 
So is that to calm himself down? What sort of mood does Bennett himself think he is in?
 
“Before the game I’m normally quite relaxed, the gaffer has his say and his talk is ringing in my ears. I need that minute or two to myself to focus and to get my mind focussed," he added.
 
“I think to myself that the 11 opponents are trying to take points away from me and my club, take food away from my family, my kids. That’s the way I get in to and  it gets me going once we cross that white line.
 
“We shake hands at the start and at the end, but on the pitch I am desperate to win."

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