Scott Doe: Tranmere draw was a motivator

There were two main emotions after the win against Orient on Saturday.

One was relief more than anything at getting the first three points of the season, because we’ve deserved it in previous games given our performances.

The second was delight the way we did it, which was with a really organised performance.

It was disappointing that we were 2-0 up against Tranmere the week before and they came back, but I think that spurred us on even more.

With it being a local derby and quite a lot of fans there it made the lads even more up for it.


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I was thinking to myself at the start that there was a lot of Orient fans and they are going to be really loud, but the early goal silenced them and they weren’t involved in the game after that really.

Romain Vincelot, who scored both goals has been unbelievable. He’s the most improved player that I’ve seen at the club. I didn’t see much of him when he was playing at right back, but since he’s been in midfield he’s been immense.

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Not only with his work rate, but getting goals as well which have helped us out and he’s doing really well.

I felt quite comfortable on Saturday, but it was quite tiring as well because they had a lot of possession and we had to do a fair bit of defending. Thankfully I’m injury free at the moment though.

We have Bournemouth now on Saturday and I remember we did well against them last year.

We beat them at home and got a draw down there on a week night, but I remember quite clearly we had a lot of chances.

I even remember speaking to their assistant manager and he said to me we were the best team they’d seen.

That itself gives us a lot of hope and now we’ve got the three points from Saturday we’ll be really up for it.

It has surprised me they’ve still been scoring a lot of goals since selling Brett Pitman, but I’m not surprised they are doing so well as they have a good group of players and the management, people such as Eddie Howe, have done a great job with them.

We were both in League Two last season and have both made good starts in League One this term, with us being unbeaten at home, so I think it will be a really good game and a test of how far we’ve both come since then.

Scott Doe was speaking to Iain Liddle

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