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DARRELL - WE HAVE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO WIN GAMES

23 February 2015

Darrell talks to the media ahead of the visit of Braintree

During Saturday's 1-0 victory over Altrincham, leading goal scorer Matty Taylor left the field of play at half time with a hip injury and the Rovers boss tells us that he might be struggling ahead of tomorrows visit of Braintree Town.

"We are going to have Matty's hip looked at today and tomorrow and see how he is ahead of the game.

"He has taken a big hit to his hip but as I said, we will assess it and will know more tomorrow but the lad is pretty confident that he will be OK.

"He will have a light day today, get the hip moving in the gym and we will see how it is before the game tomorrow.

Rovers still have three key players sidelined with injury [Stuart Sinclair, Ollie Clarke and Jermaine Easter] but Darrell says they might be back "sooner than you think".

"They are still all going through their rehab but you just don't know with some of these injuries.

"All of them are developing and all of them are improving so we will see, but when they may be available for selection sooner than people think but we need to see how they all develop.

"They are all working hard with Phil Kite and hopefully we will have one or two of them back in training soon.

Following Saturday's win over Altrincham, Rovers extended their unbeaten run to 17 league matches, winning their last three but Darrell wants his injured players back for the business end of the season.

"We want those players back as soon as possible!

"It is the business end of the season now and we are on a good run at the minute and it could be easy for me to sit here and say after we've lost a game that we need the players back but we need those three key players back even though we are winning games.

"They've missed a fair few games now and we want them back, the quicker we get them back the quicker we can be a stronger force.

Up next for Rovers is the re-arranged fixture against Braintree Town at the Mem and Darrell just wants to take each game as it comes.

"We are just focused on the next game and that is the way we've done in for the whole season.

"Obviously going on unbeaten runs builds confidence but we don't want that to turn into over-confidence.

"We need to focus Braintree, they are a good team and they have a very experienced non-league manager who has done fantastic work over the past few seasons so it will be a tough test for us.

"On Saturday our performance wasn't as good as it should be, but we got the win. Tomorrow night we need to make the performance better as well as getting the three points.

A win tomorrow night could send Rovers top of the league and the Rovers boss says the "carrot is massive".

"It is there for all to see but there is a massive danger of celebrating something before you've actually done it.

"Lots of people like to put points on the board before we have won them but I'm not like that and my squad aren't like that. We have to earn the right to win every football match.

"People thought that Saturday would be a home banker and I'm sure people will think the same about tomorrow but Braintree's away record is pretty strong so we can't take them for granted.

"To me their are a very dangerous team and are good on their day and could definitely cause an upset so we need to make sure that we aren't on the end of it. 

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