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25 September 2014

Rovers entertained Forest Green Rovers in friendly action at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday and the manager stressed how significant the run out was for some of his players.

“For me it’s the importance of getting minutes in for the lads that haven’t played many games because they need to keep their match fitness up, ready for that chance.

“Forest Green came with a strong side and it was a good competitive game.

“One or two of the younger lads just lacked that little bit in the final third but I would have liked to have seen some better chances put up for Jamie (White).

“It was important for Jamie to get 90 minutes because he is working hard on the training pitch and Jamie White will certainly have a big part to play this season."

The clubs form away from the Memorial Stadium has been a concern for Darrell but the manager likes to look at the positives.

“The away form hasn’t been good enough and it is something that we need to improve upon but we need to make sure that doesn’t become an added pressure and a burden.

“I look at the positives, like we won our last away game and put in a very good performance.

“We’ve played well at Lincoln and Forest Green, two very fancied teams but we have let ourselves down in a couple of away games and the lads know that."

Up next for Rovers is a trip to Merseyrail Community Stadium to take on Southport where the manager insists it is going to be another difficult game.

“It’s always difficult when you go to Southport, they are a team that can be effective on the day.

“They may have lost three on the bounce, but they have had a week on the training ground and it will certainly be a difficult game.

“The team will be traveling tomorrow, we prepared the right way for Lincoln and we are going to prepare right for Southport."

Darrell has said that he will see how the squad is following training today before the weekend’s trip and maintains that the club are always looking to strengthen.

“We will see what happens this morning on the training pitch and then we can see where we are for the weekend.

“Ryan Brunt wants to be playing and getting games under his belt and I understand that from the players point of view.

“We’re in a position where he is finding himself off the pecking order at the minute but I have no issues with him as a professional and he will continue to work hard until maybe a loan move happens.

"We’re always looking to strengthen the side, we’re on a good run at the minute but we are always looking to strengthen in every area of the pitch."

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