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Keith Hill's reaction to Orient win

27 February 2021

Manager Keith Hill voiced how pleased he was to come out with maximum points in London following a ‘difficult’ match against Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Paul Lewis, Kaiyne Woolery and Kieron Morris was enough to seal the win in the capital and move Rovers up to 4th spot in the league table.

Speaking after the victory, the gaffer said: “I’m pleased with the result and what we’re trying to do. We showed courage again against a difficult opposition”

“It was a good game, an interesting game and from a possession point of view, Leyton Orient were the best side we’ve faced.

“Again, when you cut out all of the emotion, at half time we’re one nil up and they haven’t had a shot on target so that possession didn’t count for much.

“At half time we were disappointed with a couple of things but not the scoreline. We had to manage our opponent better in and out of possession. I think in the second half we did that”

Rovers took a three goal lead at the Breyer Group Stadium before Orient pulled a goal back midway through the second half. Despite that, Rovers held firm to see the game out.

“You’ve got to underline to the players, we’re two goals to the advantage and there is no need to panic. I thought when Liam Ridehalgh came on we gained more control over the opposition and we nullified it. The lads showed great game management.

It has been six goals and six points on the road this week for Rovers and Hill wants to keep seeing that attacking intent.

“We’ve got an attacking intent, we’ve got a massive threat and don’t underestimate what we can achieve from a goalscoring point of view. I think we’re proving to be very fearsome when our team sheets go in. We want to have goal threats from everywhere on the pitch. 

“For us to come away with six points on the road this week is really pleasing because it has been difficult for the players and that is up to me to judge and understand the group of players in terms of tiredness which I think we saw a bit of that in the first half.

“Being successful is about being more than just a starting 11, it’s about a whole squad and whole football club. We’re trying everything we can to represent this football club but you can’t be satisfied as a player or a manager whilst the season is still happening.

“We’ve got 16 games remaining and we’ve just got to take it a game at a time with the trip to Wembley too.”

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