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Benno: Reasons to be cheerful

The right back has been looking back on a week that saw Rovers earn seven points from a possible nine

24 August 2019

Elliott Bennett believes there are positive signs to Rovers' play following an unbeaten week that has seen the team earn three successive clean sheets.

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Bennett's been part of a back five that has earned shutouts against Middlesbrough, Hull City and now Cardiff City, following the 0-0 draw against The Bluebirds.

Rovers had a chance late on against Neil Warnock's charges, with Derrick Williams clattering the post, whilst Cardiff went close when Josh Murphy hit the upright midway through the first half.

And overall, captain Bennett felt the draw was the fairest result in the baking East Lancashire heat.

"It could have gone either way," the 30-year-old reflected after the game.

“I thought first half we created probably the better chances, millimetres away from getting on the end of some things.

“[Sean] Morrison made some good blocks, Derrick hit the post, and I felt we dealt with their directness well.

“It’s another clean sheets which is something to be happy about and I’m sure the fine margins in the opposition box which aren’t quite going for us at the moment will turn around and we’ll start scoring more goals.”

Rovers appear to have fixed some of the issues from last season's record of conceding goal, and although goals at the other end have been harder to come by, Bennett's believes everything will soon come together.

“Last season we got questioned a lot and rightly so, we conceded too many goals as a team," he added when discussing Rovers' clean sheet record last term.

“We’ve started this season, got three clean sheets in a row, and that’s a real positive and something we can certainly build on.

“If we weren’t creating anything then I’d be standing here really disappointed but we’re creating chances in and around the box and it’s just the final bit that’s not quite landing for us.

“We’ll keep working on those things on the training ground and we have to keep getting in there and as long as at the back we’re keeping the ball out of the net then we have lads at the top end of the pitch that will score plenty of goals for us.”


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