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Eastham relishing opportunity of facing former club

13 October 2017

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Ashley Eastham is relishing the opportunity of coming up against his old side Rochdale at Highbury at Highbury on Saturday.

Eastham spoke to press on Thursday afternoon at Poolfoot Farm after Town picked up all three points at Plymouth Argyle last weekend in their 2-1 victory.

Rochdale currently sit 18th in the table after last weekend’s defeat at home to Rotherham United, however, the defender knows what threats he will come up when Keith Hill’s side visit Highbury.

“They are an extremely dangerous side,” added Eastham.

“I know the way Keith’s teams play. They are a high-pressing and very energetic side. They don’t give you much time on the ball, so we need to be right up for it on Saturday and start the game well.

“We have looked at their squad this morning and one thing is for sure that they have a lot of attacking options up the field. They can go with big men or go with energetic lads up top, who have a lot of pace out wide. 

“At the moment it is hard to predict what line-up they’ll be going with at Highbury. However, we have a game plan and we are looking forward to the match." 

Town head into this game on the back of two wins. The first being a 2-1 victory in the Checkatrade Trophy against Morecambe, and the other being the superb away result at Plymouth Argyle against Derek Adams’ side by the same score. Despite those results, the Englishman knows that the team can’t get carried away.

“We can’t get too carried away after last weekend’s result,” added the 26-year old.  

“We need to find some consistency about our results and our performances, so we are now looking to build on that, especially after what we have seen earlier in the season.

“Some performances this season have been outstanding and some have been well below par. Last season we tended to find the consistency where we were probably seven or eight out of ten each week.

“At the moment we’ve had a few nine out of tens and a few mediocre ones. We as a team now putting in a performance this weekend is key.”

The defender sees a lot of similarities between current head coach Uwe Rosler and Rochdale manager Keith Hill, and after spending three years at Spotland, he is very grateful of the opportunities Hill gave him as a youngster.

“I see similarities in both managers,” added Eastham.

“They are both winners and both demand high expectations from their players on the training ground and on a match day.

“I had a great time under Keith at Rochdale. He improved me a lot and the same here at Fleetwood, and I feel that I am improving year on year under the guidance of Uwe."

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