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TOM LOCKYER ON HARTLEPOOL

15 March 2014

Youngster on his growth this season

Midfielder Tom Lockyer is hoping Rovers can bounce back from Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat by starting a new run of results against Hartlepool this afternoon.

He said: “Tuesday was disappointing, I think everyone involved with the club feels that way.

“It was good to go six games unbeaten and we wanted to extend that, but we cannot do anything about Tuesday now, but hopefully we can push on and get a result on Saturday.

“I think consistency is key in this league, if we can go on another run now, hopefully until the end of the season, we could finish strong.”

The youngster picked up some praise from the manager after last Saturday’s win over Plymouth.

He said: “It is good to get praise from the manager. I think Saturday was good for me and Ollie Clarke in the middle.

“It is nice to hear those words, but it means nothing now that we lost on Tuesday.

“I remember coming in to the first team and looking at Ollie and thinking what a good player he was and almost trying to learn off him. He was where I wanted to be and I do like playing with him.”

And the Welshman believes he has grown physically stronger since the start of the season.

He said: “I think I have grown physically since the start of the season.

“I have done a lot with Mark Hammond, and he keeps saying I look broader and stronger.

“The physical nature of league two does take a bit of getting used to, especially when I played centre half for a few games. You get big 6 foot 3 striker winning everything in the air. But it is just one of those things you have to adapt to, and if you don’t you might not be in the team.

“I would rather play than sit on the bench and I am now holding down the centre midfield role, and I really enjoy it there.

“But if I have to play elsewhere, I would much rather do that than be watching.”

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