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Ed Upson reflects on defeat to Charlton Athletic

16 March 2021

Midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the media following his side's loss against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening...

Upson discussed his immediate feelings following the full-time whistle at the Valley, saying, "Gutting is the word to use, really really gutted."

"It's very easy in this moment of time to be negative but we have to stick together and keep plugging away because we're in this together and there are a few more games to go and we have plenty to do."

The 31-year-old reiterated a mantra of continued togetherness throughout his chat with the media, stressing the importance of a positive mindset in this end of season run-in.

"It's tough in football because you can get yourself under a dark cloud but that's part of being a professional footballer. I've been in successful dressing rooms and unsuccessful dressing rooms and the whole thing comes down to your mindset in the end.

"It's been a tough season, mentally it's been a tough season but we can't let it get to us especially not at this point, we have to keep going and keep plugging away and the results will come, I'm sure of it."

Goalscorer on the evening, Upson had the chance to talk the media through his strike from distance against the Addicks.

"Yeah I just struck it and it was one of there where the ball wobbled and last minute just swerved away from him which was nice. I don't take any joy from scoring a goal when we've lost a game."

Ultimately, the game began slipping away from Rovers following Upson's strike, with the Addicks firing a response past Day shortly after before notching an equalizer ahead of the break.

"I don't think their goals should be the turning point because we should be carrying on doing what we're doing, we were fairly comfortable in the game up to that point. Maybe some nerves set in and maybe we sat back a little too much but that result is tough to take because being in such a good position it's very disappointing"

Rovers are back on the road on Saturday, with a trip to mid-table Plymouth Argyle next up for Barton’s men. The Gas form part of a six-team 'mini league' at the foot of the table, with Upson asked if he thinks the relegation scrap will go to the wire.

"I hope it doesn't but if it does then we'll be 100% prepared for that and give it everything we've got and hopefully that'll be enough. We've got some good players here and can stay out of it but we have to stay positive, stick together and we can do it."

On whether the Gas can start on Saturday with the same intensity as they did against Charlton, Upson said, "I think we can do it again, we have to do it again, we haven't got a choice. We can't let this game get us down we have to stay as a unit and why can't we go again? We had a good first-half, we just have to carry that on in games, teams are going to have spells but we have to ride it out. It's a tough league but we have to stick together."


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