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10 March 2015

Club News


10 March 2015

Ollie talks about his return to the side last weekend

Ollie Clarke made his return to first team duty last weekend having been out since injuring his knee against Woking back in January and the Rovers midfielder is glad to be back in the fold but was surprised when he was named in the squad.

"It was good to be included but I was a bit shocked by it if I'm honest. I prepared myself as if I was going to be involved but I didn't really expect that much seeing as I was only back in training last week.

"It was a great feeling to see myself named among the substitutes and it was even better to get on towards the end of the game. 

Clarke only made a cameo appearance for the last few minutes in the game with Eastleigh but told us that there wasn't any issues with his knee after the game.

"My knee was fine and nothing seemed to flair up which was good for me.

"I took it easy in training last week and didn't really tackle anyone but I am glad with how far I have come with my recovery and I wanted to get out there and play and my knee was absolutely fine.

"It is getting better every day really and I need to keep on doing what I'm doing and get confidence back in it.

"I was really hoping to stake a claim to a starting spot before my injury but it didn't work out that way and it was really frustrating.

"I was fit and I was confident and now I'm lacking match fitness and I need to build myself back up but hopefully the manager believes in me and I hope to play a big part in the last couple of games. 

Saturday's loss was Rovers first in 21 league fixtures and Clarke told us that everyone in the dressing room was down after the manor of the defeat.

"Everyone was down after the game and we couldn't really believe we lost the game in the way that we did.

"Hopefully that will boost us on for these last 8 games and get over the line.

"We were on a good run but that is over now and we need to focus on putting another good run together until the end of the season.

Up next for Rovers is another long away trip, this time to Halifax and Ollie wants the team to get back to winning ways instantly.

"Halifax are one of those teams that you never know what they can produce but they are one of the stronger teams in this division.

"They were very tough opposition when we played at the Mem this season, but they were top and unbeaten at the time before Ellis scored the winner to make it 2-1.

"They had a very direct style of play and we are going to have to be ready to deal with that and push on and get another three points.

Ollie Clarke was one of the players involved during last seasons campaign and has said that it would be huge for him to be part of the side to potentially get Rovers promoted back into the football league.

"Being part of the first Rovers team ever to come out of the league was so embarrassing and to take them back at the first time of asking would be a great achievement.

"We want to right the wrongs that were made last year and hopefully we can do it this season. 

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