Manager says his players will be fired up despite JPT Final disappointment on Sunday
Phil Brown says he expects his players to bounce back in the right way on Wednesday night against Rochdale following the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final defeat to Crewe Alexandra on Sunday.
Brown admits it was difficult to lift the players in the camp on Monday, but having watched the DVD back and learnt from the game, he believes his side are now fully focused on getting back to winning ways in League 2.
The manager knows it’s going to be a tough test however against a side who beat Fleetwood Town 3-0 away from home on Saturday and won 2-1 away at Exeter on Bank Holiday Monday.
Brown said: “Rochdale were having a little bit of a tricky spell last month but they’ve put in two excellent performances in their previous two games and beaten sides aiming for the play-offs.
“They’ve certainly helped us out by beating Fleetwood and Exeter so now we’ve got to take advantage of that against them and pick up an important three points on Wednesday night.
“It was tough to pick the players up but we spoke in the dressing room at Wembley and then watched the DVD of the game. Things happened that we can’t let happen at Rochdale on Wednesday that’s for sure.
“We’ve worked hard on the training pitch, but I’ve got some sympathy for the players because they’ve spent more time on coaches than they have being coached on the training pitch in the last week or so.
“We want to put in a good performance. We’ve got five more cup finals before now and the end of the season and if we can pick up 15 points then who knows. It’s going to be tough but the best start to that series of games will be three points at Spotland.”
Brown is pleased to be welcoming back both Marc Laird and Mickey Spillane and says captain Chris Barker should be available for selection.
“Chris didn’t play as long as I thought he might on Sunday,” Brown said. “Because of the circumstances he came off earlier than originally planned and was back in on Monday saying he was fit.
“Having that sort of attitude from your club captain is very important and shows how much determination there is among the lads here.
“It’s like having two new signings with Marc and Mickey back for this five game sequence that’s for sure. They are both very good players.
“Marc and Mickey have a real energy about them in training and both really want to impress so it’s good to have them both available for the remaining five games now after they were cup-tied on Sunday.”