Manager Keith Hill has been reflecting on the week and looking ahead to Saturday’s League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers in his latest interview…
“You can’t get too emotionally high or low, and it has been quite a good week,” said Hill.
“I was really pleased with what we saw on Tuesday against Fleetwood. We’re planning for the future and we’re always trying to do that with recruitment and development, and I think the Checkatrade Trophy has given us an opportunity to really try and develop the young players by allowing them to utilise their skills and learnings from the training pitch and put them into real life football.
“The criteria that’s set out for team selection helps me out a lot better this season, because it gives me a lot more flexibility to be able to pick players who deserve to play in those games, like Aaron Morley, for example, and it’s working out for us. Maybe it’s a little bit of an insight into the future of the football club.”
He continued: “I was also pleased with what I saw against Blackpool as well. We run out of steam a little bit because we played the Tuesday before against Bristol Rovers and were down to 10 men on that night, whereas Blackpool had a free midweek going into the game.
“I understand the fitness of the players and that’s why we have starters and finishers, and I thought the substitutes that came on secured us at least a draw and that’s part of being a squad player and football player for this football club - it’s important that we’re all together.”
Saturday’s opponents sit sixth in League One on 21 points, with two of their three league defeats coming in their last league two outings, including the 4-0 loss at home to Fleetwood Town last weekend.
Hill is mindful of a Doncaster repsonse.
“They are one of the best teams in the league with respect to the way they play and the start they’ve had to the season.
“Having watched the game, they were very unfortunate to be beaten at the weekend. They’re a good side, and they bounced back on Tuesday by winning 2-0 against Grimsby in the Checkatrade Trophy.
“Again, it’s another stern challenge and task that we’ve embarked on all week in preparation for, so let’ see what happens.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.