Ryan looking ahead to Saturday and next season
Striker Ryan Brunt took time out this morning to speak of his time at the club.
He arrived from Stoke City in January and got his Rovers career off to a winning start as he was in the side that beat Rotherham at the New York Stadium.
“The time seems to have flown by, but as a team I think we have done quite a good job.
“We built on that win at Rotherham and have progressed and done really well.”
The side did so well, that there was, at one time, an outside chance that the play offs were in touching distance.
“We almost got there, but the important thing was to stay in this division and we have done that and, I think, we are improving as a team.”
As the team has improved, so has his own game.
“I feel I have developed as a player. I came here to play games and have been able to do that and I feel that I have taken something from each game that I’ve played.
“It was a big decision to come to the club, but playing was the main thing for me. I think I could, perhaps, have s cored a few more goals, but I’m pleased with the five that I have managed so far.”
For many of the games he has played in, he’s been deployed as a lone striker though more recently he has partnered Oumare Tounkara.
“Playing up front on your own is hard work, but I think it suits me. However we have played other formations and I think we can get results no matter which system we use.
“When Oumare has played it has meant that I play in the hole a little bit, which is different for me and takes pressure off me a little bit, as he does the running down the channels and I have enjoyed playing with him.”
John Ward has the nucleus of a very good, young, side which bodes well for next season but experience is still required.
“I think if we can build on things then we hope to have a very good season and push on. We do need some experienced players in the squad, though as Danny Woodards, Joe Anyinsah, Mark McChrystal and
Steve Mildenhall have proved. It’s been tough at times, but they have pulled us through a little bit.”
He says the team will be going all out to win their remaining fixtures, against Accrington Stanley and Torquay United.
“Of course we will, and it’s only right that we should do that because those games are important to a lot of teams in the division so we will be trying our best to get results from both games.
“On Saturday we hope to take all three points because that would be a good send off for our fans, who have been fantastic, both home and away.”