First team manager on Saturday's game
Darrell Clarke wants to see continued improvement from his players, going in to Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.
The new First Team Manager was pleased with the way his team played for spells in Tuesday night’s defeat to Bury, but he knows that there is still a lot to work on.
He said: “This is another tough game; our away form is still not good enough, we were disappointed we didn’t get anything out of the game from the way we played in spells on Tuesday night.
“The away form is very frustrating, and I think a lot of it is in their heads. We are trying to address that, and we will keep going and keep being positive.
“Saturday is a different game, and I am not going to give too much away, but it is important not to complicate things too much.
“There are loads of areas for improvement as we came away from an away game with no points.”
The team are three points better off than they were when Darrell took over, but he knows his side are still in a perilous position.
He said: “We are in a very bad situation, but it is a lot better than some teams.
“We have to keep it positive and have a right good go at Wimbledon on Saturday.
“I want to see improvement in performances, and that is my challenge to the players and they have to be mentally strong enough to take that.
“We go into the game three points better off than we were last week after two games, we are six points off the bottom two, and there are teams within our reach above us.”
In team news, a number of players took knocks on Tuesday night, but Darrell is hopeful most of them could be in contention for Saturday.
He has also confirmed that Mark McChrystal will continue as captain until the end of the season.
Darrell said: “Danny Woodards is getting assessed, it has settled down a little bit, but we are hopeful he could still make Saturday. Sometimes you can get one or two tweaks when you have been out long term.
“Chris Beardsley struggled with tight muscles, but we are very hopeful for Saturday. Mohamed took a knock, but he should be alright for Saturday, and Mildy took a slight knock, but he should be ok as well.
“Mark McChrystal will remain captain until the end of the season, and then I will reassess. He is an experienced pro, who has been there, seen it and done it.
“The players look up to him and he lives his life right. I know it is an old cliché, but you need 11 leaders on the pitch.”
And there is still a chance we could see Fabian Broghammer back in action this season.
Darrell said: “Fabian is back in contact training, and we are hoping to arrange a game next week that he can play some part in.
“That is a massive positive, especially as there is only really one out and out wide player in the squad in Alefe Santos. To get Fabian back, possibly, will be a big boost and another option.”
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