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22 February 2024



22 February 2024

Neill Collins spoke ahead of Saturday's clash with Derby County at Oakwell in Sky Bet League One.

Injury concerns

"No doubts for the game, everyone is available after the weekend. Josh Benson has been really good. He's trained, so the plan will be to get him minutes for the 21s next week. He's obviously missed a lot of football but it's good to have him back training. Fabio Jalo is progressing. He's doing physical work right now to get him back ready. He's still got a role to play this season, how big that is depends on how quick we can get him back up to speed fitness-wise."

League standings

"I didn't actually know we had opened up a seven-point gap on seventh place. We're looking above. We're going to have to continue to pick up a lot of points to keep, not only the gap from seventh, but also to continue where we want to finish which is as high as possible. I think now, with the games that we've got coming up, it's how can we keep closing the gap on the teams above."

Derby County

"They've got a fantastic squad with a very good manager that has been promoted from this level at least twice before with Rotherham. He's put Derby in contention again. They've got some real competition when you look at the players that they've got. I think we can just expect a real tough prospect. They do both sides of the game very well. They can play, they've got players that can hurt you, they've got physicality. They're good from set pieces. It's one of the toughest games that we'll face."

Big attendance set for this weekend

"I can't wait. I think the last time we were here was a great day. Adam Phillips scoring the late goal with ten-men to beat Leyton Orient. The fans were fantastic that day, it was a real collective effort. We're going to need the same on Saturday. Lots going on on the day, it's going to be a real special atmosphere and we're wanting to try lift that atmosphere even more with our performance."

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