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Jackson encouraged by positive pre season signs

29 August 2020

Manager Mike Jackson was pleased with his side as they took their preparations for the new season up a level on Saturday afternoon as they faced Premier League side Burnley.

Rovers faced a strong Burnley side, boasting seven internationals in their line up, and Jackson spoke positively after lots of encouraging signs.

“The lads came off the pitch disappointed having lost against a Premier League team which is good, that’s how you want them to be.

“From the Preston game the other day, it’s another step up, another improvement. I thought the work rate, the energy and some of the play was terrific.

“We give a goal away on half time from a set play and we’re all frustrated about that because it’s a set play and because we were well in the game at that point.

“We had opportunities in the final third which we didn’t take and playing against Premier League defenders, you have to be slick. 

“We had a goal ruled out which I don’t agree with but I’m not concerned about that. I wanted to see that dig and that spirit and I saw that today.

“Speaking about it before the game, we said you can either come to these places and go under or you can show what you’re about. We’ve got lads who aspire to play higher and we’ve got lads who have played higher so they get disappointed if you don’t win these games.

“I’ve seen a lot of positive things which take us forward. Today was great preparation for us, a proper game of football played at a really good intensity, testing your fitness and mentality. We’re really pleased with what we’ve got out of pre season.

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