Blues told to maintain their focus for Donny

A grounded Joe Gallen pushed aside Pompey's 38-year high '“ and urged them to maintain their winning streak.

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, 12:04 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, 12:10 am

Ronan Curtis' 86th-minute strike earned the Blues a hard-fought 2-1 triumph at Bristol Rovers last night.

In terms of the League One table, it keeps Kenny Jackett's men in second position behind Peterborough, who also secured a late victory.

In addition, it marked a fourth straight win '“ the first time the Blues have started a league season that well since 1980, under Frank Burrows while in Division Three.

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But Pompey's assistant manager was in no mood to dwell on that encouraging statistic.

Gallen said: '˜I was told about that, that's a fantastic stat. The players and manager deserve a lot of credit for that.

'˜That's good, so it's on to the next one. Hopefully we haven't picked up any injuries.

'˜I'm not sure how that is but it's going to be tough at Doncaster on Saturday because it's the fifth game at the end of a busy period.

'˜However, the spirit and confidence level is high so we are looking to put in another good one.

'˜That statistic is great but it's a good sign to come to Bristol Rovers and get anything.

'˜A lot of the bigger sides in the league will go there and actually not win. And we class ourselves as one of the biggest clubs in the league.

'˜There's definitely a feeling the team can keep going.'