BRIAN Flynn has leapt to the defence of Kyle Bennett after the winger came in for fierce criticism from a number of Rovers supporters.
Bennett was targeted by a section of Rovers’ support on Twitter following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Bury, accused of lacking effort.
Being told of this appeared to surprise Flynn and while admitting Bennett has reached his best form in recent weeks, the Rovers boss insists he is pleased with what the 22-year-old has offered.
“I’m happy with the way Kyle is going,” Flynn said.
“Ok, he’s not been his blistering self recently but he’ll get that back.
“On his day, Kyle can be a match-winner.
“You have to remember that he’s still young, even though he’s played quite a few games. He’s still learning his trade.
“I think I can get more out of him but I would say that about all of the players, not just Kyle Bennett.”
Though he did appear surprised at the criticism, Flynn says few opinions shock him.
He said: “It doesn’t surprise me really because football is a game of opinions.
“And with those opinions, nobody is wrong and everybody is right.
“It’s something you have to live with in football.”
Bennett rose to the bait of some supporters and tweeted “Class when you work hard and get abused by your own fans! Terrific #noeffort think again.”
The club declined to comment about the incident.
Flynn has promised there will be no ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to last weekend’s defeat when he selects the side to face surprise play-off chasers Walsall on Saturday.
He said: “We won’t be making any hasty decisions after losing one game.
“Consistency has been one of our main aims after taking over so there will be no knee-jerk reaction.”
Martin Woods played a full 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors 4-2 defeat against Mansfield on Tuesday and is in contention for the Walsall game.
David Syers (ankle) and Iain Hume (calf) are both unlikely to make the squad for Saturday’s game.
Rovers yesterday confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United, Norwich and Wales youth coach David Williams as Flynn’s new assistant.