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Checkatrade Trophy

Momentum key for Lockyer

5 March 2019

One game away from Wembley and Bristol Rovers captain Tom Lockyer says the side will take confidence from their weekend win as they look to overcome Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Final.

"We’re feeling confident,” Lockyer said. 
"We’re heading into tonight’s game on the back of a 4-0 win at home, obviously we’ve struggled at home recently but any signs of struggling were put to bed on Saturday. 
"The lads came into training yesterday and it was nice to not have to try and pick them up for once and for everyone to be in high spirits ahead of Tuesday night’s big game,” he continued. 
Bristol Rovers lost just once in the group stages of the competition ahead of tonight’s Semi-Final and look to take that momentum into tonight’s game against League One promotion candidates.  
"A cup run like ours can’t be underestimated,” he said. 
"I remember when we were struggling at home at the start of the season in the league, we said to one another ‘let’s use the Checkatrade Trophy wins as our momentum to pick up results in the league’.  
"We’ve taken every games as it’s come, been ticking them off one at a time and now we’re just one game away from Wembley. If you’d have said that at the start of the season we’d have taken it straight away.”
Saturday saw Bristol Rovers pick up a vital three points against Blackpool as they look to climb out of the relegation zone and retain League One status next season. 
"You’d always rather go into tonight on the back of a win than a loss. Saturday was a huge win in the league for us and probably our best performance this season. Confidence isn’t built over night but it’s something we’ve been putting the blocks down now since the new manager has come in for the last three months.
"The last few months we’ve been trying to pick up some momentum with results and a win in this competition could really spur us on for the remainder of the season. Momentum in football is massive, as is player confidence and when you’re winning games there’s no better way to breed confidence than winning."


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