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15 January 2015

The manager's thoughts before this weekend's game

With Saturday’s fixture with Woking becoming ever closer, Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is hoping to have his squad back at full strength.

“Steve [Mildenhall] is back in full training and has been for three or four days but we still need to see how it goes.

“Neal Trotman’s hamstring is recovering well and he might be available for selection on Saturday.

“Stuart Sinclair has missed a few days with a kicked foot but we are hoping that will be pretty much full strength.

“There is a lot of competition for places and there are decisions to be made but these are good decisions that we have to make.

“The whole squad know that I try to change things as I see fit to try and win every game and Saturday won’t be any different.

“Woking are a good side with good players, I went to watch them the other day and they’ve got players that can hurt you.

“They’ve been going through a bit of a sticky patch but they won on Tuesday so I’m sure that will breed some confidence.

Rovers made two additions to their team earlier this week in Adam Dawson and Jermaine Easter and Darrell tells us that they have both settled in well.

“Jermaine [Easter] is a great professional which is why I brought him to the football club he does things right on the pitch and he will be great for us in the changing room as well.

“He brings us that big game experience and these last 16 games are big football matches.

“Both of the lads did well in training on Tuesday and we are hoping for more of the same today.

“I’m happy with the squad we’ve got here now after this weeks additions, I don’t want too big a squad and I think we’ve got good quality rather than quantity, which I’m very happy with.

The fixture list this season has thrown up several new experiences for the Rovers squad with games difficult to come by after a very hectic festive period.

“It is frustrating that we play Woking and then don’t play again for a couple of weeks.

“I tried to get a game arranged for that Saturday [24th Jaunuary] but unfortunately that hasn’t come off so we just have to get on with it and get the balance right.

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