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Bristol Rovers need to build confidence from here, says Neal Trotman

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

Bristol Rovers defender Neal Trotman says they need time to gel as a team  PICTURE: NEIL BROOKMAN

Bristol Rovers defender Neal Trotman says they need time to gel as a team PICTURE: NEIL BROOKMAN

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Defender Neal Trotman believes Bristol Rovers are finally "coming together" after an encouraging August Bank Holiday weekend programme.

Rovers bounced back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of part-time Altrincham 11 days ago by claiming their first victory of the season against AFC Telford United at the Memorial Stadium last Saturday.

Darrell Clarke's side then produced their best performance of the season when drawing 1-1 at Forest Green Rovers on Monday, and Trotman said: "It is the first month of the season and we are still in the process of finding each other as a team.

"It takes time to click when you are a relatively new group of players, but the last two performances suggest we are starting to come together.

"We have a great set of lads and a good manager and backroom staff. I think we just need to be a bit patient. It is a long season and we just need to slowly build confidence from the last couple of performances and not look too far ahead.

"If we are in and around the mix come March or April that is when we can start to seriously think about things like promotion.

"Up until then we just need to take each game as it comes and try to take some positives out of every performance, regardless of whether we win or lose."

An improving Rovers face another tough test when they host Vanarama Conference leaders FC Halifax at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

"Forest Green have started the season well and we left their place on Monday afternoon disappointed that we hadn't won the game," said Trotman.

"We will go into the game on Saturday expecting to win at home, regardless of the fact Halifax are top of the league. The two games we have just played well in will count for very little if we don't get a decent result on Saturday.

"I don't know how Halifax will approach the game, but I expect a lot of teams to come to the Memorial Stadium and set their stall out like Telford did last weekend. We are seen as a big scalp in this league, which can make things a bit difficult, but we have to just play our game and be patient in those situations."

Trotman looks almost certain to retain his place at the heart of defence in place of injured skipper Mark McChrystal following two impressive performances to make up for a under-par display on his debut in defeat at Barnet.

"I missed two weeks of pre-season and I did feel a bit off the pace when I made my debut in the defeat at Barnet," Trotman admitted. "I think the gaffer realised that and took me off at half-time.

"He told me not to worry and to keep working hard because I would get another chance. I've had that over the last couple of games and now I'm just trying to take it."

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