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READ | Mattock expecting tough test at Bristol Rovers

27 September 2019

Rotherham United face the long journey to Bristol Rovers on Saturday as they look to make it four games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One, and defender Joe Mattock insists he and his teammates are prepared for battle.

Despite the fact that Rovers are yet to be beaten at the Memorial Stadium so far this campaign, the 29-year-old is full of belief that the Millers have the attributes to inflict that first home defeat on the Gas.

"It's a tough place to go and every time I've played down at Bristol Rovers it's been a real hard-fought game of football. Sometimes it can be a bit of a scrap, but we've just got to focus on ourselves," Mattock said. 

"We know what we can do and we've got the quality to go down there and get the three points, so we're all looking forward to it and it's another opportunity to impress.
 
"We've got to concentrate on our offensive play and making the most of set pieces too, and if we do that as well as staying tight at the back, there's no reason why we can't get a positive result."
 
Paul Warne's men have fared well on their travels so far this term and they have only been on the wrong end of the scoreline on one occasion, with that loss coming against Doncaster Rovers earlier this month.
 
The Millers have prevailed at AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One whilst they also comfortably saw off Shrewsbury Town in the Carabao Cup, and the last away trip finished all square at Sunderland.
 
Whilst Mattock and his Rotherham teammates will want to pick up more points on home soil, he admits that life on the road has suited their style of play so far this season, with opposition teams being more expansive.
 
"In a way, games on the road have suited us more this season because when teams come to the AESSEAL New York Stadium and sit back, it's difficult for us to break them down and we are determined to get better at that," Mattock explained.
 
"We prefer it when games are toe-to-toe because of the quality of players we have in the squad, especially in the final third and in wide areas. 
 
"With that in mind, we'll relish going down to Bristol and hopefully they'll come at us. We will then take the game back to them too, and fingers crossed we have that bit more to come out on top.
 
"It's still early doors and sometimes it takes a little while for a team to gel together. We've got a lot of new players this year and we know there's talent in the side, but you've just got to keep working hard in training and on a matchday."

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