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Alex Rodman post Bristol Rovers

2 April 2017

Wingers thoughts after defeat on the road to Rovers

Shrewsbury Town were left to lament several key decisions which went Bristol Rovers’ way as they left the Memorial Ground with a 2-0 defeat.

Young midfielder Ryan Yates saw red late in the first half after picking up two harsh bookings, before Rovers were awarded a soft penalty in the 52nd minute when Toto Nsiala was adjudged to have brought down Billy Bodin.

Bodin scored from the spot and then netted again late on to wrap up the three points for play-off chasing Rovers.

Town’s Alex Rodman made his 14 appearance of the season in the game and he spoke to the press after the match.

“As the old saying goes – when you’re down near the foot of the table things don’t go your way and perhaps they haven’t done today,” he said.

“The general feeling is that we’ve been very hard done by today – we’re scrapping and fighting for every point so sometimes you need that bit of luck.

“[Chris] Doigy was fuming at half time and you get a sense when the management is like that – there is a bit of injustice there.

“I didn’t have a great view of either of them – but if they’ve seen them and reacted like this – there obviously is something wrong so that’s the most frustrating thing.

“Who knows what would have happened if those decisions went our way – we had a few chances and they didn’t threaten us too much in the first half.”

Yates’ sending off brought to an end an even first half in which Town had more than matched Rovers and Rodman was keen to praise his teammates work rate.

“You can’t fault the commitment,” he continued.

“The boys are always going to work their nuts off and put the work in. We’re just lacking a bit of quality at times and today we’ve had a few chances and not made the right choices.

“We were second in the form league over 10 games not so long ago. That run was fantastic from where we were.

“We’ve given ourselves every chance of staying in this league which was the aim.”

Next up for Town is a home game against Millwall on Tuesday night and Rodman has issued a rallying call to the fans.

“Hopefully the fans can turn up and support us because we need them at the moment,” he admitted.

“We had some great support today it was a shame we couldn’t send them home happy.

“Our home forms been very good – we just need to regain that positivity and pick ourselves up quickly because we’ve got a massive game coming up.

“Every game is huge for us now and we’ll go into the Millwall match confident and positive that we can get a result.”

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