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Ferguson pre-Rochdale

20 November 2015

Gaffer speaks to the media ahead of the visit of roses rivals.

Darren Ferguson mused his team selection ahead of Saturday’s home game against Rochdale.

The Scot faces the dilemma of whether or not to change a side that has won three games in a row without conceding a goal.

“Just because you win the game doesn’t mean you have to pick the same team but they (loanees Craig Alcock and Keshi Anderson) are definitely in my thoughts,” he said.

“I’ve got a squad, the bench is strong and it’s important that we have that. We’re in a fortunate position where we picked the same team last week and that doesn’t happen often.

 “It’s a good problem to have. We’ll assess it as we go along.

“I have a good idea of what I’m going to do. I thought in the first half on Saturday (against Blackpool) we looked a confident team, which is good for the lads to believe in themselves.”

Rovers have only lost one half (against Bradford City) of league football at home this season, the second best home record in England.

“It (the Blackpool win) was another clean sheet which was good,” asserted Ferguson.

“We looked solid, watching the game back we were a lot more solid we were more comfortable than it felt live – which is usually the case.

“What we do in training is a lot of repetitive stuff and they’ll keep doing it and every man knows his job defensively and attacking wise – we do a lot of work on that – but credit to the players who have to take it on to the pitch which is the main thing.

“It’s about getting the work done on the training ground, they’ve enjoyed it and they’ve been good.

“They (Rochdale) are a good footballing team with some really good young players. I like the way they play, they’re generally 4-3-3 with different options up front.

“We know them well, we’ll do our preparation. We’re going to have to make sure we deal with them accordingly and look after the ball well.”

Rovers face Rochdale on Saturday (3pm). Tickets can be bought ONLINE HERE or by calling 01302 762576.

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