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We can be proud of our performance, says Craig

"I thought it was really good for the lads to test themselves tonight"

26 September 2018

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Craig Conway believes Rovers can look back at their display against AFC Bournemouth and be proud of a solid team performance.

Conway got the goal to start a rousing comeback from Rovers, who had gone 2-0 down in Dorset on the night prior to Craig's precise finish.

After Adam Armstrong tucked away a penalty, it looked as if the pendulum could swing in Rovers' favour. But a mad minute saw Derrick Williams sent off before Callum Wilson bagged a winning goal in the final minute.

So how did captain for the night Conway see the game?

“I didn’t really know how to celebrate when I scored, to be honest! I think the most important thing is that it got us back into the game and gave us some positivity to go on," the Scot told iFollow Rovers after the game.

"At 2-0 down against a side like that, it’s difficult, but I thought the lads worked really hard. We made it 2-2 with the penalty and had some other chances; I’m not sure whether Ben’s goal was offside or not, it would have been a great start, but I think we can be proud of how we played.

"There’s obviously disappointment at giving away a late goal, that’s something we’ll have to look at.

“When I won the ball, Adam [Armstrong] made a good run to my right and the defenders backed off, so it opened up for me. I was always going to shoot as they continued to back off, and I managed to catch it really well. I think that after that, we went on the front foot, and they weren’t really creating as many chances.

"The goal gave us a bit of impetus and we made it 2-2. The sending off was one of those freak moments, but the lads can be proud tonight.

“It’s really frustrating to concede right at the end. Looking back to it, I think I went out short and it went over my head and into the front post area, and we didn’t have anyone there.

"I think the sending off maybe caused a little bit of confusion, but we should have communicated better to make sure someone was there. It was just about the last kick of the game so it’s tough to take, we’ve come a long way down and gave a good account of ourselves," he reflected.

“Looking at it as a whole, we had a lot of young lads in the squad and they should be thinking ‘I want to play against sides like that every week’. Bournemouth have some good players, a lot of pace and power, so it was tough in the first half particularly.

"As the game went on, we sorted it out and created chances ourselves. I thought it was really good for the lads to test themselves."

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