Kevin Blackwell talks about Rochdale, Fleetwood and injuries
‘We were very disappointed after the game at Rochdale. The players were angry with themselves for not taking the responsibility to create something for themselves. They knew that after all the possession that they had they didn’t work Rochdale hard enough or show the flare that we’ve been playing with.
We felt as though we had let the fans down after the game – they were magnificent.
This week we have come back to training and the lads are looking sharp, I’m really pleased. They’ve worked really hard so I can’t question their attitudes. The lads are a great group who are honest and want to wear the shirt and be a Shaker.
Unfortunately as a result of the derby we have two of the players that haven’t trained this week, those being Craig Jones and William Edjenguele.
Tom Soares played 50 minutes of football on Tuesday as part of a team that we took to Blackburn and beat 2-0. Soares is now fit an available for selection.
In regards to the game against Fleetwood this weekend it will be tough, they’ve spent a lot of money and are a progressing club, so full credit to them.
We’ve had a tough start to the season having played teams that have been above us in the league, reached the play-offs last season or are favourites in our league to get promoted this season. And in both cup competitions we’ve played a premier league club and a club in the league above us. Although it’s been a tough start I think that we’ve acquitted ourselves really well. We know that we can compete both home and away and we are always in the game – this is a great feeling.
I believe that this stage of the season isn’t the time to be top of the league. We are only 3 points off the play-off positions, so we are in a good position at the moment. The first two or three months will be about cementing the team together, after that we’ll have a committed and knowledgeable bunch of players.
I would not want to be in the first eleven at the moment because if you lose your shirt you know that there’s someone to come in and take it, you can’t afford to slip up.’
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