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A CHAT WITH: TOM LOCKYER

22 January 2015

Tom talks about the free weekend and playing in midfield

Following Braintree Town's involvement in the FA Trophy this weekend, the Bristol Rovers squad face another weekend without a fixture and Tom Lockyer tells us that he will be having a relaxing weekend.

"I will probably take it easy and just go to the gym, we had a free weekend not so long ago but I think all the lads would rather be playing this time.

Last weekend's 0-0 draw with Woking was tough for both sides with both defences being on top for a majority of the 90 minutes with Lockyer moving into midfield to replace the injured Ollie Clarke, a role that Tom is already familiar with.

"I'm no stranger to playing in midfield having played there last year and to be honest I really enjoyed it in there.

"There isn't enough time in the game to think about changing positions you just have to get on with it and do the job you've been set and do the best you can for the team.

"However, being a defender it is all about keeping clean sheets and this team prides themselves on clean sheets and it was great that we got another one but a shame we couldn't go on and get a winner.

"There wasn't many chances created and it's not the result that the fans wanted but it definitely isn't a disaster and it is another point to our tally.

"The point keeps us ticking over and you never know it could be a crucial point come the end of the season.

"Our momentum is really good at the moment but we still have to keep improving each game and try and turn some of these draws into wins.

Confidence is high in the Rovers dressing room with the whole squad believing they can go out and win every game they play in.

"Nobody likes losing, least of all professional athletes and this squad isn't any different.

"The manager has instilled in us this season that we shouldn't fear anyone in this league and we should really take games to the opposition and we try to do that every game.

Having been at the club a while now, Tom Lockyer was part of the squad for that day in May last year and he is glad that this season the team can start to repay supporters with their performances this season.

"This season everyone seems happy and that the club are moving forward rather than losing games and it being a bit of a drag.

"After what happened last year we owe it to the fans to try as hard as we can because last year just wasn't good enough.

"We owe it to them to get promoted back to where we belong and that is our objective this season.

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