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12 March 2015

The Rovers boss looks ahead to this weekend's fixture

Rovers long unbeaten run came to an end last week losing 1-2 to Eastleigh but Darrell is confident his team can bounce straight back to winning ways at Halifax.

"Saturday was one of those games where 6/7 of our players weren't at the standards they set for themselves and we didn't play well on the day and you have to give Eastleigh credit.

"If you look at the games all the way through the season they are all going to be difficult to get three points and you just have to look at how many cup shocks there are each season because imagine a so called 'lesser team' comes to the Memorial Stadium they are going to raise their game like it is a cup tie and that is why teams like Luton took six years.

"We've had to put up with that all season and will have to until this season is over for the remaining eight games we need to make sure we can rise above it and win football matches.

"We haven't been brilliant at times this season, but we have won ugly which is pleasing and we need to approach these last games the best way we can.

"We don't fear any team that we come up against and if my lads are working hard for each other as they have all season we are a force for anyone to play against.

Halifax have currently played three games less that Rovers due to postponements because of pitch issues at the Shea Stadium and Darrell says his side will just get on with it.

"Halifax are in the situation where they have rugby playing on their pitch as well but we certainly won't be using the state of their pitch as an excuse and we will just do the job we have to do.

"They've slipped away a little bit in recent weeks and they have been playing a lot of games and being an ex league club the expectation there is big as well.

"They will be wanting to get back into the league and will want to beat us this weekend so it will be another tough game.

Rovers signed former midfielder Chris Lines on loan from League One Port Vale earlier this week and Darrell is really pleased that he has joined the squad for the last vital push.

"I got a call about him last week because he is desperate to get back to Bristol because he has family here and being able to pick up a player of his calibre who knows the club and understands what the club is all about is a great addition to the squad.

"He is on loan until the end of the season and if he wants to stay at Bristol Rovers then he is going to have to produce on the pitch the same as all my other players.

"We are really delighted to bring Chris in and he is focused on what we are trying to achieve here.

"With Chris joining us and Jermaine back in full training it gives us players who have played in big games and that will be key for us coming into the business end of the season.

"For me, teams need that experience and that know-how because you are never sure how players are going to handle the pressures and we have got players in our team that have won promotions before and know what it is all about and we've got 8 cup finals to go.

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