Following last weekend’s victory against Bury, Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told us that his side are in good spirits ahead of this weekend’s visit to Shrewsbury.
“The mood in our camp has been good as it always is, focusing on the next project which is Shrewsbury on Saturday.
“It was good for us to get the win against Bury coming off the back of two games [against Chesterfield and Barrow] that if you play them again, nine times out of 10 we will win those games.
“We work on mental strength in the players a lot and how they react to adversity and how they deal with losses and we got a response against Bury and we need to carry that into the first game of a hectic festive period.
“This group of players have seen it all, they’ve been written off before and come back and surprised everyone over the past couple of years.
“They have a habit of bouncing back which goes to show the mental strength that we have in this group.”
The Christmas period throws up multiple fixtures in a short space of time with 12 points on offer in just 16 days but the Rovers boss is still trying to take each game at a time.
“Shrewsbury is the start of a busy time of year, but that’s the case at every club up and down the country.
“We just want to keep ticking along, building on last Saturday’s win but not looking too far forward.
“They [Shrewsbury] are fighting for their lives so it’s going to be a tough one as is every game in this division.
“Every game in this division is losable, the two or three teams at the top have been more consistent than the rest of us but that can change quickly, especially at this time of year.”
Saturday’s opponents Shrewsbury Town were in action on Tuesday evening, exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Fleetwood Town following a 3-2 defeat.
Former Bristol City man Adam El-Abd received a straight red card in that game, meaning he will be missing at Greenhous Meadow this weekend but Darrell is confident the suspensions will not affect the Shrews.
“Regardless of what is going on at clubs with fixtures, suspensions and injuries, come 3pm Saturday it will be 11 men versus 11 men so it’s a case of going there, putting in a performance and getting a positive result.
“Clubs at this level rarely worry about injuries and suspensions because everyone has a squad large enough to deal with these things. I’ve got injuries here but you just get on with it because it’s part of the game.
“They’ve got plenty of players in their side that have experience at this level and could cause us issues, so I’m confident their suspensions won’t weaken them too much.”
On hearing this morning’s news that the club has sold out the entire 1,500 ticket allocation for this weekend’s game the Rovers boss told us that he was pleased, but not shocked at the terrific support.
"Our support is always amazing both home and away so I'm not surprised we've sold out our allocation.
"We now need to go out on Saturday and give them a performance to be proud of so they can go home and enjoy their Christmas turkey."
Darrell Clarke’s men take on Shrewsbury Town at Greenhous Meadow this Saturday [17th December] and you can receive full match commentary through Gas PlayerHD. Supporters can access our LIVE match coverage by clicking here.
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