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GARY CALDWELL’S DONCASTER PREVIEW

14 August 2015

Boss assesses task ahead with visit of Paul Dickov’s Doncaster Rovers on Sunday.

  • Caldwell analyses Yorkshire outfit.
  • Praise for Jordan Flores.
  • Shaq Coulthirst a player full of desire according to his new manager.
Caldwell on last week’s games…

We’re looking forward to another game; I think the signs were there last week of players gelling in different units within the team with different combinations getting better.

We’re still very disappointed at losing the games and we had control of the Bury game at 1-0 and we didn’t capitalise on that so we’re still bitterly disappointed and eager to get a win for the fans and our season up and running.

Caldwell on Doncaster…

I was at their game with Leeds and they had to play against ten men for a long period and it went to extra-time so it’s going to be difficult for them, recovery-wise, and we have to make sure it’s a physical game, played at the high-tempo that we’re trying to and sustain that for 90 minutes.

Doncaster are a good side; I think we’re finding out quickly that there are a lot of good sides in this league, they try and play and they have a big threat at the top end of the pitch in Williams – he’s quick, he runs the channels and he’s mobile – I played with James Coppinger at Newcastle United a long time ago and he is a quality footballer and can cause you problems.

We’ll have to be ready, we’ll have to be at our best and I’m sure, if we play how we know we can, then we’ll be good enough to win the game.

Caldwell gives squad and injury update…

Sunday is probably the first time since I’ve been the manager where I’ve got a big enough squad of fully fit players where I’m going to have to let one or two down but that makes the bench stronger and the squad as a whole stronger.

So, from that point of view, it’s nice to make decisions rather than the team picking itself – I have to get those calls that I make right, so it’s a good problem to have.

Don Cowie has been over to Sweden for an operation on his calf and hopefully once he’s back in training he can put his injuries behind him and help the squad.

Emyr Huws and Tim Chow are back out on the field training so the squad gets bigger and that’s a good thing.

Caldwell on Jordan Flores and young players…

I thought Jordan was outstanding on Tuesday; late on, had we had a midfielder on the bench, he would have come off because he was tired but he showed a lot of desire and commitment to hang in the game when he was physically tiring.

It’s good to know we’ve got young players coming through; Jenno [Ryan Jennings] as well showed no fear and tried to get on the ball and make things happen.

I’ve no problem putting these guys in the team, they’ve earned the right to train with us and try and get in the team and it’s up to them to make it a regular thing.

Caldwell on new addition Shaquile Coulthirst…

He came up here last week; he’s somebody I watched last season when I was taking in games, I saw him play for Tottenham’s development squad at Old Trafford against Manchester United and he really impressed me on the night. 

He’s quick, strong and has league experience; he’s scored goals at different clubs in League One and Two and I think when I see a player who has been to multiple clubs to get first team football, that shows me a boy who has desire to play and we’re going to give him the opportunity to do that here. 

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