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Keith Hill looks ahead to trip to Colchester

22 March 2021

Keith Hill is looking for the same ‘desire and application’ from his players as Rovers make the long trip to face Colchester United on Tuesday night. 

It was a hard earned three points at Prenton Park on Saturday and Hill gave his thoughts heading into another tough test on Tuesday.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge once again and the games are coming thick and fast with playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday. 

“These games represent opportunites and this is our game in hand I suppose, we’ve got a lot to gain from the game and we’re looking forward to it.

“The players are responding to the demands of the season being shoehorned into a certain amount of time so we’re getting a great response and I was really proud of the players with their attitude, application and desire on Saturday against Exeter. 

“That fills me with a lot of pride and ambition that I can speak about because I know the players are going to take that onto the pitch."

With recent long trips to Southend, Wembley and Grimsby all in the space of six days, the squad add to that mileage once again on Tuesday but the Rovers boss says the team are up for the challenge.

“The miles are difficult but we’re not prepared to give up and the challenges are there for us. Proper preparation is key and we will prepare the players in the way that we want to play and in the way that the opponents play but one thing that we do expect is attitude and application. A desire to improve through hard work, honesty and being humble about what it is we’re doing.

“I’ve previously said the first requirement for a successful team is effort and we’ve got a lot of effort in our squad and a united squad who are prepared to back each other up."

Hill insists that his side will be in no way underestimating Colchester or any opponent for that matter.

“These are the most difficult challenges that we will face and we experienced a similar challenge last Wednesday against Grimsby. We will respect Colchester who were Play-Off contenders last season but they’re going through a difficult time at the moment.

“We will certainly not underestimate or disrespect any opponent because it will be a very very difficult challenge as any sport is. We’re looking forward to trying to compete and showing the same desire and determination that we showed against Exeter.”

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