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Micky: We're an honest group and we just keep trying to work hard

29 October 2021

Gaffer Micky Mellon was as honest and well-spoken as ever in his press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to face Mansfield Town, giving his assessment on what went wrong last time out and his thoughts on Rovers opponents this weekend.

The boss started his interview by issuing an injury update, confirming that Josh Hawkes won't be involved this weekend but revealing that everyone else is available for selection.

"(Josh) Hawkes is still a doubt so he won't take part this weekend, apart from that everybody is available."

Mellon went into detail on what went wrong against Northampton a week ago and suggested what the team need to do to rectify that performance.

"We quite simply gave away cheap goals from our point of view, we went off the things that we believe we need to do in order to keep clean sheets and we've spoke about that with the players and we'll get back on to that this week.

"Attacking wise, we have to get more bodies between the posts and be more aggressive to help not just the frontman but to help ourselves to get on the end of stuff.

"We're certainly doing the running, there's no danger of that, there's an awful lot of stuff that's right. We're an honest group and we just keep trying to work hard and be good at the things we do."

"Of course, we're a very attacking team, so we do take chances at times but we believe those chances are worth taking. We've just got to make sure that we take the chances and we try and score goals. We're happy with the way we want to play, it's just about the consistency of doing that all the time now.

Rovers face Mansfield Town on Saturday, who have endured a tough start to the season and currently sit 23rd in the league standings. Mellon was sure not to underestimate his opponents, however, emphasising his respect for their manager Nigel Clough and asserting that his side will have to be at their best to get a result.

"It's a tough league and there's nothing much between any of the teams, Mansfield have had some really tough games. They've got a lot of good players and a very good manager, who I really respect.

"So, it's always a tough place to go, no matter where they are in the league or what's happening, Mansfield's a tough place to go. They'll have a good backing, we've got to make sure that we go there and we're the best version of ourselves because that is what it will take in order to try and get something out of the game."

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