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Rodgers: I think I've taken it pretty well

Stanley defender Harvey Rodgers on coming into the side and taking his chance

3 December 2019

Ahead of Accrington Stanley's away trip to face Tranmere Rovers, defender Harvey Rodgers talks about waiting for his chance and then taking it when it came.

The 23-year-old has started the last two league games against Rotherham United and Bolton Wanderers, and he admits that he's just had to keep his head down while waiting for his chance.

"It's been a long process and I've had to wait a while, so I just had to try and keep my head down and keep fit and wait for my chance.

"Luckily because of a few suspensions and stuff, it meant that I got my chance and I think I've taken it pretty well."

After starting as a centre-back against Rotherham, Rodgers then switched to right-back for the Bolton game

Rodgers has showed that he can perform as either a centre-back or a right-back, but if he had to pick then he'd probably prefer to play at centre-back because there's less running involved.

"I don't mind playing in either position as long as I get to play, but I probably prefer playing as a centre-back as it's a lot less running.

"I do like getting forward when playing at right-back, it's just the getting back afterwards that I don't enjoy.

"Luckily I've got Sam (Finley) and a few others that will fill in for me, so I don't mind it and I do enjoy playing at right-back."

The York-born defender started at right-back in the 7-1 win over Bolton and despite not expecting to win by such a big margin, he knows that the win was fully deserved.

"We put so much focus on winning that game that meant that we stuck together and got the win.

"We didn't expect to win 7-1 but we deserved it in the end and looking back on it, we played really well.

"It could have been more because we put that much energy into it and I think that showed in the end."

Saturday's game against Tranmere will be the first for Stanley in two weeks, but Rodgers highlighted that himself and the rest of the squad have come back switched on ahead of another massive game for the club.

"You can look at it either way, it's also nice to have a weekend off because games come thick and fast.

"It's nice to have a weekend off and relax, and some of the other lads got to go and see their families.

"Everyone has come back this week switched on ahead of another massive game this Saturday.

"If we can go there and get the three points, we'll hopefully start climbing the league and get ourselves out of that bit of trouble that we're in."

Just three days after the Tranmere game, the Reds will face Bolton in the Leasing.com Trophy and the defender feels as though the club has a good chance of reaching Wembley Stadium.

"When you get through the group stages you start thinking that we're not that far away from Wembley, so you may as well go for it.

"We've got a good chance of getting there and all the games in the group stages become worth it when you reach the latter stages of the competition."

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