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MICHAEL DUFF ON PENDING BRISTOL ROVERS CHALLENGE

2 March 2023

Interviews

MICHAEL DUFF ON PENDING BRISTOL ROVERS CHALLENGE

2 March 2023

Our Head Coach spoke to the press as we travel to Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

ON TEAM NEWS

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"We're looking healthy. No fresh injuries from the weekend. Josh Benson's in full training now, he'll be available for selection. Max Watters comes back into the fold, he'll be available so. We've added quality to the group, not taken it away."

ON THE CURRENT FEELING AT THE CLUB

"It's been good, there's a buzz about the place. We've heard a lot of noise about the fact the supporters enjoyed it, which is great. The players enjoyed it, there's no getting away from it. It's keeping that feeling, it's taken a long time to get to this point.

"Just to have it for one game and then have it all dissipate would be disappointing. It's important that we carry on the momentum. It's important that we keep the same mindset, which we have done - good or bad."

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ON STRIKE PARTNERSHIP

"I think they've deserved their place in the team. There's a responsibility when you play in a front two - you have to be the front of the team. Sometimes, if you play 4-3-3, you can just leave a number nine up front. The way we want to play, the way we want to press - they have to understand their roles. They set the tempo last week from minute one."

ON BRISTOL ROVERS

"They've had a dicky patch, but I don't think they've struggled. They're a newly-promoted team and right until Christmas they were right in the play-off mix. It is difficult when you do come up because the games catch up with you in terms of quality of the squad etc. With Joey, they seem to have totally bought into what they do. They had a big result last weekend, there's no getting away from that."

After the weekend, our next game at Oakwell sees us welcome Portsmouth on Tuesday 7 March, kicking off at 7.45pm in Sky Bet League One.

Why not enjoy the game in our latest hospitality setting at Oakwell? Rimmington's is open for business, and you can book your place here!

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