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17 September 2012

Manager looking to bring players in before tomorrow

Mark McGhee says he is hopeful of bringing in a new face before tomorrow’s trip to Plymouth.

The manager has even changed tomorrow’s training schedule with this in mind.

He said: “We are changing our routine tomorrow; we are leaving later and training before we leave, so if we do get anyone in today or tomorrow morning they can be part of a short session.

“We are looking to strengthen, to keep freshening things up, and to find a combination that gets us the results we want.”

He admits that he is hugely disappointed with the start Rovers have made to the season, and he is ready to make changes.

He said: “We are hugely disappointed with the start we have made to the season, and we have to look at it and work out why.

“Obviously we feel that injuries have robbed us of a couple of key players along the way, and others have not quite lived up to expectations, so yes we do have to address things and we are prepared to do that.

“We are prepared to make changes if we can, the phone has been red hot all weekend and we are looking at options in different positions to try and strengthen.”

And the manager has been dealt another blow with the possible serious injury to Matt Harrold.

He said: “We have the worry of Matt Harrold now as well who looks like he might be out for a while, which is a real blow.

“Hopefully we will know today the outcome of his scan, and make decisions based on that.”

The manager knows that as well as bringing in new players he has to keep his current team motivated.

He says that now is the perfect time for young players to stake a claim for a place in the squad.

He said: “We trained yesterday, we will train again today and we will train before we leave and I still believe we have enough within the group to go and get a result, but they have to stand up now and show courage to be visible in the game.

“I didn’t bring Seanan Clucas and Oli Norburn and Matt Lund here to be development players, they were bought here as members of the first team, and I want them banging on my door for places in the team.

“There is an opportunity for people to grab a place in the team at the moment, as no one is convinced me enough to nail down their place.

“It is up to these boys now to show me that they really want to play and show some desire to be in the team.”

Oliver Norburn and Fabian Broghammer both did well when they came on in the second half on Saturday.

Mark said: “Oli is a decent player, but so far he hasn’t always trained or played at a tempo that we feel is needed.

“He went on on Saturday and he had that tempo and he brought a bit of variety, particularly when Fabian Broghammer was out there as well. I thought he did alright, but I still feel he has a lot more to do to really nail the position.

“Fabian is training every day and getting fitter every day, he went on on Saturday and did a bit better and we are now going to have to consider whether he is going to go on and give us the first hour rather than the last half hour. He is certainly under consideration.”

With Plymouth also having a poor start to the season, Mark hopes his side can make a positive start and make an impact on the game early on.

He said: “I think the best way we can capitalise on any nerves they might have is by starting positively and getting the first goal. I think we will gee them up well before the game.

“By picking the right team, maybe a an addition here or there, and the possibility of change, all of these things can bring a positive reaction.

“You need to build the picture around them that makes them believe they are part of a team that can go to Plymouth and win.”

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