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DARRELL - IMPROVEMENT STILL TO COME

16 October 2014

Having played through a third of the season already Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is pleased that his team haven’t had to face a mid-week game but admits that this week has been a bit different.

“It’s been a bit of a strange week with Lee [Brown] away with England C and Jake [Gosling] away with Gibraltar.

“We’ve had a couple of injuries which some players have been carrying over the last couple of weeks but we are hoping to have one or two players back for the weekend but that will be assessed today and
tomorrow.

“It is too early to tell with Stuart [Sinclair] but we will continue to assess him and Tom Parkes has recovered from his concussion that kept him out of England C duty.

“Angelo [Balanta] is back in training and is doing some light jogging but he still needs a little bit longer.

Lee Brown made his first appearance for the England C team on Tuesday afternoon in their 2-0 loss to Turkey in Turkey however Darrell is pleased his players are getting international recognition.

“From what I’ve heard he did well, yes they lost 2-0 but it was to a strong Turkey team and he was up against a guy who has played for Galatasaray on a number of occasions.

“It is a privilege for the club having players representing their countries.

Jake Gosling was also away on international duty for Gibraltar and Darrell says that the involvement he is getting is brilliant.

“He played in the 7-0 loss and played a part in the 3-0 loss but it is a fantastic experience for the lad.

“The kid is playing against the Republic of Ireland and they’ve got Germany soon but the experience he is gaining from it is invaluable.

“He has a great attitude and at the end of the day it is a privilege playing for your country.  

Up next for Rovers is the visit of Forest Green Rovers to the Memorial Stadium and Darrell stated that his team will need to crowd behind them on Saturday afternoon.

“They’ve changed it a little bit, they still play in a 4-4-2 but they have good experienced players that can hurt you.

“It’s going to be a very very tough game and we are going to need the crowd right behind us like they always are.

“They have great form but it is a great opportunity to try and get three more points ahead of them.

With a third of the season gone Rovers occupy fourth spot in the Vanarama Conference Premier table with Darrell thinking there is still improvement to come over the remainder of the season.

“I’ve said it all along there are about 10 teams that can finish in the top 5 and we obviously want to be one of those teams.

“There are a lot of ex league clubs that will be there or there abouts but we just need to concentrate on ourselves.

“If we continue the points return that we’ve had in the first 16 games of the season we will be in that top 5 but we want to improve on that.

“I still think there is improvement to come and there are areas of the team that still need strengthening.

Darrell has been working with a small squad so far this season and is looking to make a few additions over the coming weeks.

“I would like to bring in one or two players before our next away league game.

“We have a heavy run of games in November which we will need a bigger squad for.

“We have made an offer for somebody, I can’t see them being in before this weekend’s game but within the next couple of weeks there will be one or two movements.



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