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Merrie gaining belief and confidence

18 November 2022

Interviews

Merrie gaining belief and confidence

18 November 2022

Rovers midfielder Chris Merrie has enjoyed a sustained spell back in the squad of late and says that he is enjoying his improved game time on the pitch.

“Personally I’m really enjoying it and I’ve played a lot of games on the bounce now which any player wants to do so I’ve got to keep pushing and keep working hard to keep my place.

“It gives you belief and confidence. It was disappointing for me last season not playing as much as I would have liked but I’m really happy now to try and keep my shirt and do well hopefully. You’ve got to have the belief in yourself and for me personally, I try to get on the ball to get the team playing and make forward passes. Even if I make a mistake I believe that I always try to get on the ball and don’t hide because I think that’s important.

“The manager speaks to all of the midfielders but, for me personally, he talks about being good out of possession first and foremost to win the ball back for the team and then expressing yourself when we’ve got the ball. I would like to score a few goals myself and I need to get further up the pitch so hopefully I can do that soon. 

After a well earned point last Saturday against Swindon, Chris emphasises that Rovers can take confidence from that game into this Saturday.

“We’ve got to build on last week’s performance which I thought was a good one against a top team in this division so that can give us confidence going into this weekend’s game. 

“I think we can mix it with everyone in this league and we matched Swindon with some good football. We could have even won it in the end. 

“I think every player looks at the table every now and then but it is still early in the season with a lot of football to be played so we’ve just got to look at the next game.

“We know what Wimbledon are about and what they do in possession because we’ve been working on it throughout the week but we are mainly focusing on ourselves and what we can do to win the next game and take it to them. 

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