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Spearing: We want to get ourselves in the hat for the next round

5 November 2021

Experienced midfielder Jay Spearing gave an insightful interview in his press conference, ahead of Saturday's trip to Crawley Town in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Wallasey-born midfielder discussed the disappointment at Rovers recent run of form but revealed that Micky Mellon has had the squad working hard this week, not letting the team rest on their morals.

"We've been very disappointed in obviously what's happened in the last couple of games. I think Northampton was a tight one I think it was going to be whether we got the first goal then we might have took the points but we conceded and then got into a lull which was enough.

"Everyone has a blip in a season, hopefully, it's going to be ours early doors this season and we need to dust ourselves done which we have this week, the gaffer has had us in, he's had us working extra hard, he's not let us rest on our morals and we're looking for a reaction come Saturday in the FA Cup."

Spearing went into detail on what Rovers have been working on this week, disclosing that they have been going back to the principles laid down in pre-season, the ones that propelled the team into the top six last month.

"I think we've just been getting back to what we're good at, getting back to our basic principles of what the gaffer bred into us from the start of pre-season.

"I think we came away for them, for what reason I do not know. I don't think a lot of us knew why we came away from what we was good at, it was just one of them things. We've been working extra hard this week at getting back to our principles, getting back to what we're good at and that's being on the ball and being brave and passing the ball around.

"The confidence is still there, we're just obviously disappointed at the results that have came. We let ourselves down, we let the manager down, we let the staff down, we let the fans down most importantly, so we owe them and we owe ourselves as well."

Spearing also expressed his affection for the FA Cup and why it means a lot to him. He also offered his perspective on Crawley Town, who Rovers will have to dispatch if they're to earn their place in the second round draw.

"I love it! It is, in my opinion, the best cup competition out there, the history of it, the upsets that you see in it through all the rounds coming through. It's a fantastic occasion, it's a great weekend, everyone looks forward to it and I think everybody wants to take part in it.

"We would've liked maybe to have received a League One team to test ourselves against a League One side, but we've got a team in Crawley who are going to make it difficult for us, it's a challenge for us to go away from home and we want to get ourselves in the hat for the next round."

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