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REACTION: PATERSON POST-BRISTOL ROVERS (A) WIN

10 February 2024

Club News

REACTION: PATERSON POST-BRISTOL ROVERS (A) WIN

10 February 2024

BREWERS manager Martin Paterson says he was delighted that his side came away with all 3 points following today's 2-1 win away at Bristol Rovers.

"It was a well-deserved win and I thought the performance was really good. If you get the performance right, I think results will come – I keep telling the players that and my knit-pick is that I don’t think we should have conceded," said Paterson.

"It’s always nice to debrief the game and there are lots of positives, again the only thing that we can be disappointed at was conceding. The group, the players that started, the substitutes, the players that haven’t played for months, the players that played with injures – it was a fantastic group, team and club performance.

"It would be very hard to single out one player today and that’s why I keep referring to the group. I will mention Toto Nsiala on his debut and Tom Hamer coming back from injury. Toto hasn’t played match minutes in a long time and he slotted into that defensive structure brilliantly and Tom was excellent coming back in down the right side.

Academy graduate Ciaran Gilligan struck the first senior goal of his career just before half time to give Albion the platform for a disciplined second half performance where Mark Helm’s well worked goal gave Albion a two goal lead before Rovers skipper Antony Evans set up a nervy final half hour.

"I’m really happy for Gilly and he deserved it. His energy levels and defensive structure work was great - the next step is to now go and add more goals to his game."

Paterson now urges Brewers fans to get behind his side once again at Tuesday night's game at home to Carlisle.

"The fans were excellent today and we always need them no matter what. We're grateful to them for making the trip and we look forward to seeing them midweek at the Pirelli."


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