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14 November 2014

After a positive couple of days on the training pitch manager Darrell Clarke and his squad are looking forward to getting back to the Memorial Stadium for the visit of Kidderminster Harriers.

News on the team front is encouraging and although Neal Trotman will again miss out, there is a chance that midfielder Ollie Clarke will be available for selection following a slight hamstring injury.

The manager spoke yesterday of negativity and of the criticism he and his players received at Alfreton on Tuesday night.

However his comments have drawn a great deal of support from true Rovers supporters, the majority of whom have condemned the actions of a minority who claim to be fans.

The manager said this morning; "The majority of our fans are the best I have come across in all the years I have been involved in football and I don't say that lightly, especially with what they have had to put up with.

"It's obvious that the vast majority of them are appreciative of what we are trying to achieve at this club and their comments and backing following yesterday's press conference are greatly appreciated.

"Our home attendances have averaged over 5,700 which is amazing for a Conference side and our supporters have made the Memorial Stadium an intimidating place for visiting clubs.

"Away from home we have taken over 1,000 supporters to three games, again a phenomenal number and the backing at many of our away games has made it feel like a home game for us and I really hope that continues over the course of the season.

"On Tuesday we moved up to fourth place in the league and we will be aiming to get more points on the board to tomorrow against a decent Kidderminster side.

"There is a long way to go, of course, and we realise that there are areas of our play we need to improve on.

"We are aware of the fact that our goals for tally needs to improve, but if we continue to create the chances we have in most of our games I'm sure that the goals will come."

With game preparation uppermost in his thoughts, Darrell has been delighted with the way his team have worked in training since Tuesday; "We have a very honest group of players here and a good mix of youth and experience. They all work hard for one another and the more experienced players are always encouraging and advising the younger players in the squad.

"Those who remain here from last season were as devastated as all of our supporters were when we were relegated at the end of last season and they are determined to get the club back into the Football League at the first attempt.

"They have been joined by players who appreciate the traditions of this club and who love playing in front of the big crowds at the Memorial Stadium.

"Yesterday's training session went well and today's has been even better. We are as well prepared as we can be going into the tomorrow's game and I'm sure that our supporters will get behind us as we seek take all three points against Kidderminster."

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