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A CHAT WITH: ANDY MONKHOUSE

30 December 2014

Bristol Rovers 4-0 victory was a great way to end 2014 and the man who got the ball rolling on Sunday says that confidence is flowing through the camp.

“It was a great win for us because we knew we would be in for a very tough game but to come out of it in the way we did was very pleasing for all of the lads.

“It was a hard first half with some poor play and sloppy passing and the manager had a bit of a pop at us at half time which worked because in the second half I think we totally deserved the win.

“There was a lot of confidence flowing through the lads and everyone wanted the ball which was really good to see.

Earlier on in the season a lack of goals was attributed to Rovers not winning as many games, but Monkhouse believes that the four from Sunday will help kick start the team in front of goal.

“We have come under criticism this season for not scoring enough goals and we are hoping that the game against Macclesfield can kick us on now.

“Earlier on in the season we were creating chances but we couldn’t score them and that was everyone not just the strikers.

“It wasn’t through a lack of trying at the start of the season but as a team we got our heads down and worked hard and now some of those chances are hitting the back of the net.

Sunday’s goal was Andy’s 6th of the current campaign with the midfielder targeting double figures before the end of the season.

“I’ve definitely got a target that I would like to achieve come the end of the season because I want to help out the team as much as I can with getting on the score sheet.

“I’m currently in striking distance of my target and if that is part of getting this club promoted then I am definitely doing part of my job.

Rovers managed to close the gap to league leaders Barnet to two points on Sunday but Monkhouse is only focused on what the team can control.

“All we can do is look after ourselves and stay focused on our games, if they drop points along the way then great but we will only be looking for our results.

“If we produce performances like we did against Macclesfield for the remaining 19 games then we will definitely be in with a chance of automatic promotion.

“We cut the lead down Sunday and there is plenty more games still to go with plenty of points still on offer and we will keep doing what we are doing and hopefully at the end of the season it will be us that’s on top.

The men in blue and white currently sit in second place in the Vanarama Conference Premier Division table with promotion back into the Football League being the clubs main aim.

“It was always our goal to get back into the Football League at the first time of asking and I believe we are in a great position to do so.

“We’re currently second and I’m pretty confident that not many teams will want to come to the Memorial Stadium and face us with our fans behind us.


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