Manager Keith Hill says you can’t look too keenly at previous results, as his side prepare to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
The Gas make the trip to the Crown Oil Arena this weekend having been beaten 4-0 midweek by Shrewsbury Town, however, they recorded a thumping 6-0 win over Northampton Town just 10 days earlier.
“You’ve got to play the opponent on any given matchday, regardless of the previous results that they’ve had,” Hill told iFollow.
“There will be times when we’ll be playing against teams that have won six on the bounce and we’ll also go into those games with the same mind set of trying to win that football match and expecting to win that football match.
“That’s the highs and lows, whether you’re playing a football match or managing a football match, and it’s the same for Clarkey [Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager]. He’ll come off the back of Tuesday’s defeat with probably a massive low but two weeks previously they were 6-0 winners over Northampton so that’s a massive high, and that’s football for you. As a manager, you’ve got to try and find a middle ground.”
And Hill was full of praise for his counterpart Clarke, who had a spell on loan at Rochdale during his playing career.
“I know him well and he’s a great character – he was the life and soul of the changing rooms.
“I think he has done a marvellous job as a manager. He has been absolutely magnificent in achieving two promotions and gaining stability in League One with Bristol Rovers, and I think he’ll continue to do a great job because he puts his all into everything that he does and he does it with enthusiasm. I loved him to bits for that.”