Tom Lockyer epitomises Bristol Rovers ethos - Darrell Clarke

Tom Lockyer
Tom Lockyer has made 84 senior appearances for Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has praised the attitude of young utility player Tom Lockyer.

The 20-year-old defender-midfielder scored the only goal in Saturday's victory over Grimsby, which extended the Pirates unbeaten run in the Conference to 18 games.

And Clarke said of the Rovers youth player: "He epitomises everything I want at the football club.

"He'd kick his own grandma if it meant winning a football match."

Lockyer moved up to the Rovers first team in 2013 and made 47 appearances last season, which ended in their relegation from the Football League.

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Clarke on Grimsby v Bristol Rovers

He has been a mainstay in Clarke's Conference side, who sit second in the standings.

"I can't speak highly enough of the kid," added the Rovers boss.

"He was one of the players hurting very much from last season so it was nice for him to get the winning goal."

Bristol Rovers were able to move within four points of top spot on Saturday, after leaders Barnet lost to Wrexham.

But Clarke insists he is not focused on the form of the teams around them in the play-offs.

"It's always good when other results go for you but we need to take care of our own business," he said.

"You can get bogged down in seeing what other teams are doing. If you win matches, the table takes care of itself."

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