Bristol Rovers step up efforts to hold onto Tom Eaves

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It's really no surprise that Bristol Rovers are enamored with young striker Tom Eaves. He's on a great run of form and frankly, they don't want to let him go.

With six goals and three assists in 12 matches, Tom Eaves has captured the hearts of Bristol Rovers fans. The 20 year old, who is coming off a major injury that saw him miss all of last season, is really coming into his own in League Two. Eaves has been with Bolton since 2010 after signing from Oldham Athletic but has yet to make an impact in a white shirt.

Eaves joined Bristol Rovers at the end of September on a three month deal now, his time at the Memorial Stadium is coming to a close. Given his recent performances, it's really not surprising that the Pirates are trying to hold onto him for just a little longer.

Eaves spoke a bit about his time with the Gas in This Is Bristol:

I'm enjoying my time here. It has been good experience because you're not always going to be in a team that is winning.

"It's important to learn how to react when you're losing games and going through a bad run.

"It is frustrating sometimes, but you have to try to remain positive. We've lost a few games, but we've always stuck together through it.

"I don't think there has ever been a doubt about the spirit around the dressing room.

"We have always tried to put things behind us quickly while focusing on the next game. There has certainly not been any pointing fingers at each other when we have lost."

Bristol Rovers avoided losing for the third match in the row against Bradford City when Eaves scored Bristol's second go-ahead goal at the weekend against Bradford City. Unfortunately for the squad in blue-and-white, they were unable to hold Bradford City from equalizing in the second half and rescuing a point for themselves.

"It was a battle. We were pleased with how we performed and the point was good for us, but we were disappointed we didn't win the game."

Bristol take on Wycombe Wanderers this weekend in a bid to gain league position against the fellow strugglers. Bristol Rovers are certainly struggling, sitting in 21st place and just a point off the drop zone with Wycombe two spots and one point above them. The two teams first faced off in August but the match was abandoned with Bristol winning by two goals away.

"I wasn't here at the time, so, for me, it is solely about building on what we did last weekend.

"If we could get three points it would be a big help to us."

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