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TEAM TALK v DONCASTER, 9/2/2013

7 February 2013

Boss looking forward to Rovers challenge...

WE'RE moving along nicely with seven wins out of the last nine games and immediately after the two games we have lost during this period, I have been delighted by the response of the players.

They bounced back in the right way last weekend to run out worthy winners against Oldham Athletic with a pleasing performance, particularly in the second half.

It's all about seeing a progression and improving on last year. With 15 games to go, we find ourselves in a good position but by the same token, we know that we have some difficult encounters ahead and they don't come much tougher than Saturday's trip to Doncaster.

They have got quality throughout their side and have been up there all season, as we expected following our 3-0 opening day reverse. Although, on that occasion we saw plenty of the ball and played some good stuff, it's just that they were more clinical on the day.

It's a game that we feel comfortable with and are looking forward to. This is a tough League where we know that we have to be at our best at all times regardless of the opposition.

We don't fear anyone; the players have maintained plenty of belief and confidence throughout the season. They will continue going about their business. They are organised and know their jobs and, to be fair, we are happy to go under the radar.

This week has seen James Walker leave the club by mutual consent. He has given fantastic service to this football club over the years but he will be the first to admit that things haven't panned out quite as he would have hoped this season.

We will remain mates and he can go back to calling me Smudger again rather than Gaffer!

It goes without saying that I, like everyone else associated with the club, wish him well for the future.


DEAN SMITH

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