Hoole: We’re always happy to keep a clean-sheet


Luca Hoole was thrilled to come away from Fleetwood Town with a clean-sheet, but admitted he and his Bristol Rovers teammates could have claimed all three points. 

The Gas battled valiantly in Tuesday’s Sky Bet League One encounter; a highly-entertaining midweek contest that saw both chances register big chances.

Matt Taylor’s team, in particular, defended resoundingly, and Hoole was happy to play his role in a strong showing for the Rovers defence.

“As defenders, we’re always happy to keep a clean-sheet,” he said. “We feel a tad unfortunate to not take all three points but we’ve come away from home, to a tough place, and we’re happy to keep a clean-sheet here. 

“We were saying in the changing room that six to eight weeks ago, we might not have kept that clean-sheet. We might have conceded one and then who knows what might have happened. We were glad to stay strong and keep them out.”




Both sides would strike the woodwork at Highbury Stadium and it would be Hoole himself who would go agonisingly close for the away side, seeing his flicked effort from Antony Evans’ free-kick hit the post late on.

He continued: “Everyone knows Evo can whip a ball in. In my mind, I just wanted to get into the six-yard box and get near the goal. It’s taken a deflection or two, hit my toe, and hit the post! Hopefully next time.”

The 21-year-old has started Rovers’ last two league matches at right-back and is relishing his role in the side, and hopes to build on his own showing at Fleetwood Town this weekend at Lincoln City.

“We’ve got something to build on now,” he added. “This was a good clean-sheet and gives us a good foundation to take forward.

“We want to keep playing like that defensively and hopefully more wins will come.”

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