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Ready for Rochdale

23 October 2012

Chris Wilder looks forward to tonight's game

Consistency is the key word as United head for Rochdale this evening. The U’s have swung from a 3-0 defeat at Port Vale to a 5-0 win over Accrington in the last week, and Manager Chris Wilder is looking for his team to push on from last Saturday’s win and start putting in that sort of performance on a regular basis.

“It was a good performance” Chris told Yellow Player. “The boys watched the game on Monday morning, just as they had to endure watching the Port Vale horror show last week. They need to see the good things about their game on Saturday and I thought it was an excellent performance, with all of the stuff we wanted to do. We wanted to close people down, get in amongst people, work hard, win tackles and headers, and get further up the pitch, all of which we did. That came from the first minute when Tommy closed their goalkeeper down, and from then onwards we played forward and were very positive. I was delighted in all aspects. It’s good that we have what went off last Monday and what happened on Saturday both fresh in our minds.”

Spotland is never an easy place to visit  and Chris knows that Rochdale will be tough opponents this evening:

“All four teams that came down last year will expect to be in the shake-up.Everyone is looking for that touch of consistency that Port Vale and Gillingham have found so far. They have had that consistency in terms of selection and results and that is what we are looking at, and so will Rochdale.”

With captain Jake Wright available again after suspension and Andy Whing, Peter Leven and Lee Cox all fit again the U’s will be looking to put their horrific injury list behind them as experienced players return:

“The league has tightened up and we know that we are not a million miles away. But we need to keep putting in performances and picking up results. It’s good to have the senior boys back, and I can see why people have picked us at the start of the season with the squad that we’ve got. Now when we’re getting these boys back there’s a good feel about the place. Michael Duberry and Liam Davis trained again today and hopefully it is a tough team to get into when we get everybody back fit.

“We can’t say that we will win every game with those senior boys in, there are going to be some down days, but I do feel that when they are back a lot of things change in terms of the performance.”

See the whole interview plus the thoughts of Michael Raynes and fit again JP Pittman, all in Yellow Player.

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