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Brian Barry-Murphy Looks Ahead To Bristol Rovers Trip

21 April 2019

Brian Barry-Murphy says he has no problem with making changes to his side ahead of Easter Monday’s game at Bristol Rovers.

Dale travel to the Memorial Stadium off the back of Good Friday’s 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, and with two games in four days over the Easter weekend, the Dale boss says he may have to change certain personnel.

“I’ve been saying for weeks that the players who haven’t been playing have got to come in at some stage, so it’s a chance for me to honour my word,” said Barry-Murphy.

“The lads who are injured, or can’t figure on Monday, won’t play, so it’s no problem whatsoever from my point of view.

“I believe in all the squad and I believe any player can come in and play on Monday. It’s up to me to find the right solution on Monday.

“I don’t think we’re at a stage as a Club, or a group of players, where we can pre-programme what we’re going to do two or three games down the line.

“We’re trying to produce performances on a regular basis and consistency is key, but we’re not afraid to change certain personnel within that.

“The lads put an awful lot into the game physically, and it’s just a case of recovering as quickly as possible with a really difficult game on Monday.

“It’s a period that we’re very familiar with in the UK [Easter]. The lads have been through it before. We’ll travel to Bristol on Sunday and the lads will be fully prepared for Monday.

“It’s a really good ground to go to – one of my favourites in League One. It’s going to be a great atmosphere on Bank Holiday Monday, they’ve got a huge following and it will be a great occasion for us to go and try and build on what we’ve been doing recently.”


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