Reilly keen to main­tain pres­ence in the team

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football - SAM CASEY Foot­ball writer

BRIS­TOL Rovers striker Gavin Reilly has said that things are “look­ing up” for him as the Pi­rates look to con­tinue their run of suc­cess in League One to­day.

The Scot­tish player has strug­gled for form since mov­ing to Rovers from St Mir­ren in July, but feels his game is im­prov­ing after start­ing in the first XI for the last four League matches.

“The start of the sea­son was re­ally frus­trat­ing for me, not just for my­self, but the team as well,” he said. “The last few weeks I’ve had a lot more starts and a lot more game time and things are look­ing up, so let’s see what can hap­pen.

“We’ve been scor­ing a lot of goals re­cently, but at the other end we’ve been keep­ing a lot of clean sheets as well, so all in all the team has been per­form­ing a bit bet­ter.”

Reilly’s personal re­turn to form has been shared by the team as a whole, who have won four of their last six games un­der the lead­er­ship of new man­ager Gra­ham Cough­lan. The striker said Cough­lan, pic­tured left, has “fresh­ened things up” and kept the squad on their toes in a com­pet­i­tive fight for se­lec­tion.

“You don’t want play­ers to get too com­fort­able be­cause in­con­sis­tency and in­com­pe­tence hap­pens with that,” said the Scot­tish for­ward.

“You want to keep on fight­ing for places, and also do­ing well on the train­ing pitch.”

It is not clear who will play up front when Rovers face Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley in to­day’s away fix­ture.

But Reilly is hope­ful of a fifth con­sec­u­tive se­lec­tion, al­though he has faith in the new man­ager to make the right call.

He said: “Wher­ever the gaffer wants me to play, I’ll play. If he puts me in goal I’ll play there.

“In terms of the League it’s been good to get four starts in a row and look­ing for­ward to (to­day), hope­fully I get that fifth one.”

As well as suc­cess on the pitch, Reilly has be­come more con­tent in his home life in a new city, with his fam­ily mov­ing down from Scot­land to be with him.

He said: “It’s good to get into the house and get sorted and my mis­sus and my wee daugh­ter are down now as well, so ev­ery­thing is a lot more set­tled.”

Nizaam Jones/JMP

Bris­tol Rovers striker Gavin Reilly

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