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Great to get game time and a goal

"We all felt better in the first game of this pre-season than we did last year"

7 July 2019

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Joe Nuttall was back in the goals in Rovers' first pre-season outing of the season, bagging the winner against Barrow at Holker Street on Saturday.

The striker lashed home Rovers' second of the game just after the hour against the National League outfit, which proved to be the match-winning moment in the Cumbrian sunshine.

Speaking afterwards, the 22-year-old was pleased to get on the scoresheet, and also gave an insight into Rovers' new way of working for this coming season.

“It was nice to get a game in and the hard work has paid off," the forward reflected after the game against Ian Evatt's side.

"We all felt better in the first game of this pre-season than we did last year, which is probably because we've played more football so far in pre-season.

“The manager wants to make us a more technical and tactical team and hopefully that will pay off for us this season as we look to have a stronger campaign than the last one.

“The tactics and standards have been set since day one of pre-season, to be honest.

"The manager and the coaches have employed a philosophy to keep the ball better, attack teams better and to push teams back.

“Hopefully, come the start of the season we'll be much smoother. We want to stop opponents having the ball as much as last season."

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