Boss ready for Rovers...THE SITUATION with Tom Bradshaw is that he has a strain on the membrane of the muscle. It’s not on the actual muscle and it’s a different leg to his previous injury, so we’re looking at between ten days and a fortnight out.
James Chambers had a scan this week but it hasn’t showed anything up. He’s played a lot of games recently so it’s likely to have been caused by cramp.
I was pleased to see Ashley Grimes get off the mark in the last game. Tom’s absence will give others the chances to show what they can do and Ashley did himself no harm with that goal.
I couldn’t fault the effort of the lads against Gillingham; the only thing that was missing was the three points at the end.
We know that we have to start winning matches again and we’ll be looking to continue our impressive away record at Doncaster on Saturday.
A win would take us about them, yet a defeat and we are six points adrift, that’s how close this League is.
I watched them draw at Chesterfield last weekend. It was a tight game on that occasion and I am expecting the same this time around.
Andy Butler found the net in the last game, which usually means it will be a while until his next goal comes along! He’s a good player and a good lad; it will be nice to see him on Saturday, but friendship will go out of the window for 90 minutes.
There are a lot of games coming up and if we perform to the standards we know that we are capable of, we will give ourselves every chance.
It’s a case of taking each game at a time.
I was delighted to be able to bring Jordy Hiwula on board this week. He’s an up-and-coming talent whom I watched on Monday evening for the Manchester City Under-21s, so he is up to speed in terms of game time.
He’s a player that I have monitored for a long time and Patrick Vieira speaks very highly of him.
It’s good that we are building links with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. They are big clubs who know that their young players can develop with us.