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DARRELL - 12 CUP FINALS REMAINING

17 February 2015

Darrell looks at the week ahead

Bristol Rovers returned from Blundell Park on Saturday with all three points after a fantastic team performance and Darrell was really pleased with the way his side settled into the game, but insists that it is only three points.

"We did well on the day, but it is only three points at the end of the day.

"Going to Grimsby is never easy and we were delighted to pick up the three points but it is gone now and we have to move on quickly to the next game.

Rovers currently have three key players on the treatment table [Stuart Sinclair, Ollie Clarke & Jermaine Easter] but Darrell said that their rehab is going well.

"We've penciled in the Gateshead game but the lads will continue with their rehab and we will just have to see closer to the time.

"They are back doing light jogging and they are working with Phil Kite every day trying to develop and recover and be fit ready to come back.

"It will be a big boost to the side when all three of them are back.

Darrell Clarke's men now face two home games at the Memorial Stadium as they entertain Altrincham and Braintree Town over the next seven days but Darrell is entirely focused on one game at a time.

"The way I see it, we only have one home game and that's Saturday's against Altrincham and that is all I am looking at.

"They [Altrincham] are an in-form team in the division and they got a good result at the weekend against Forest Green so we just need to take care of the next game.

"We are trying to keep our feet on the ground and not let anyone get carried away because after 34 games, we are the second best team in the league and that is where we are.

"We've got a great chance of winning the league but we can't look to far ahead and just need to take each game at a time.

Darrell paid tribute to the supporters that made the trip to Grimsby at the weekend and wanted to add his praise to the supporters from the entire season.

"The supporters have been fantastic, both at the weekend and all season and I'm sure there will be another huge following at the Mem on Saturday.

"The fans really urge the boys on to try and win the football match and they really are the 12th man for us and will be for the 12 cup finals we have left this season.

"We want to get as many people behind us as possible because I understand it hasn't been brilliant being a Bristol Rovers fan this season, but now we have a chance of getting out of the division at the first time of asking.

"If you look back at the history books to see teams that bounce back after being relegated I think it is only Carlisle in 20 years that have done it and we've now put ourselves in a position where we can do that but it's going to be a massive effort from everyone at the football club.

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