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Dawes looks ahead to Sutton trip

18 March 2022

Assistant manager Ian Dawes emphasised the importance of the consecutive victories for Rovers as he spoke to local media ahead of the weekend's trip to Sutton.

Wins against Mansfield and Harrogate have seen the SWA halt a poor patch of form and Dawes was quick to recognise the importance of those results.

"It's been vital that we won those two games. If you look at how tight it is at the moment there are no second chances now, you've got to win your games, if you don't win your games you can't look around hoping for results to go your way. We've got to win now and take care of our own business."

Dawes also previewed the clash with Sutton at the weekend, which promises to be another challenging affair for Rovers. He's called on the squad to be adaptable, something he believes will be key if the SWA are to get promoted at the end of the season.

"I think all the games in this league are different, I think if you look at the teams we are playing against the variety in the styles of play is contrasting, even if you look at Sutton moving towards them on Saturday.

"Sutton will be a completely different game again from the last two, you've got to be adaptable in this league and you've got to be able to go and beat whoever is put in front of you and the style of play that is put in front of you. 

"It's not easy, that's why it takes the best to get promoted.

Dawes also shared his disappointment at the news that Liverpool loanee Paul Glatzel would be sidelined until the end of the season, he credited the youngster's performances for the SWA and admitted he would be missed.

"First of all, I'm devastated for the boy himself because he's a great character and he's worked really hard to get in the position that he was in and he's done really well for us.

"Every time he got going this season he picked up a little niggle or a knock and the latest one, unfortunately, has ruled him out for the season.

"He's been great for us so we're going to miss him, he's going to be a loss to us, but, we have got players in the squad who can come in, which is fortunate. So we move on and we will be there for Paul for what he needs from us moving forward."

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