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REACTION | Rovers defeat "hurt" says Ranger

12 March 2017

Striker Nile Ranger on defeat to Bristol Rovers...

The changing room was “hurt” after the defeat to Bristol Rovers.

That was the message from Nile Ranger who was a first-half substitute in the West Country on a disappointing day for Blues.

Billy Bodin and Rory Gaffney were on target for the Pirates in that first 45 minutes and despite a better second half, Ranger and co couldn't find a way back.

Boss Phil Brown was forced to make changes before the break in the shape of Ranger and Stephen McLaughlin, who returned to the fold following a lengthy injury lay-off.

And Ranger said after the match that the only way to respond is with a big performance against Coventry on Tuesday night.

“It didn’t seem like we were up to scratch in the first half but the togetherness of the team is crazy because we’re brothers,” he said.

“It hurts. You can hear it in my voice I’m hurt.

“It’s painful because we’re doing so well and we’re so close but yet so far.

“We’ve still got to push and have our togetherness and re-build.

“We’ve got to be looking at Tuesday now against Coventry.

“This game is gone; we have to put it behind us because every point is important.

“Everyone in the changing room was hurt so we’re going to go out there on Tuesday with the fire in our belly and show Coventry what we’ve got.”

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