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Eastham on being free from suspension, facing his former club and Town’s current form

9 February 2018

Ashley Eastham has given his thoughts ahead of Fleetwood Town’s short trip to Rochdale in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

On having his red card from the Scunthorpe United game overturned…

“I am very happy for the red card to be overturned as I was very frustrated with the red card being shown.

“The panel have decided it wasn’t worthy of a red card and I’m just looking forward to facing Rochdale on Saturday.”

On his time at Spotland, and facing his former club... 

“Personally I went through a promotion and had two very good seasons in League One, so all of that put me in good stead in my career.

“I had some great years at Rochdale, but that is long gone now and I am focusing on what we need to do on the pitch.

“We now need to look back at getting to the form that we need to be in and that starts tomorrow with three points.”

On what he expects Keith Hill’s side to show on Saturday…

“The players are expecting a tough game, especially with their momentum.

“With their FA Cup win over Millwall, they will be wanting another win and they showed they are a good footballing side.

“Rochdale can mix it up but I believe we have more than enough to give them a game and go and get the points that we need."

On the pitch conditions... 

“We have spoken about the pitch today and we are mentally ready for it.

“The group are prepared for what type of game it’s going to be and we don’t think it’s going to be a pretty one.

“As we’ve all seen the highlights of the game against Millwall, there were a lot of long and diagonals balls but we are use to that.

“On the training ground we’ve worked on having that quality in the final third and getting the ball in the areas to hurt the opposition.

“The biggest thing tomorrow is the mentality that we go into the match with, and we need to turn up with our sleeves rolled up.

“A performance is always nice but at the end of the day our priority is the three points to climb back up the table.”

On the next few games…

“In terms of tomorrow, I see it as a chance to stop their momentum and revive ours and beating a team lower than you in the league can be massive.

“We’ve got a run of fixtures coming up where we play teams in and around us so this period is huge and with a positive results tomorrow can kick start us.

“People are looking at us and maybe questioning what we have got, but we know we have the quality and the characters to dig ourselves out of this situation.

On scoring against Rochdale earlier in the season…

“It would be nice to go and get another one tomorrow.

“It felt good scoring against them last time, but I kept the celebration down to a minimum.

“If there’s any way in which I can help the team, I will be doing that and especially from set pieces, as that’s the only real chance I have of getting forward.

“Goals are something I’d like to add to my game, however for us as a team, we need to get back to keeping clean sheets and working together as a unit.”

On why playing away suits Town…

“In away games you are probably head into them as underdogs and players seem to thrive off that.

“You are never expected to be the team in dominance in an away game, but we like that by taking pressure on and getting teams on the counter attack.

“We have some great weapons in our team and I hope that can punish the home side tomorrow.

On the travelling fans…

“At times like this the fans can play a huge part. It’s a local game so hopefully we will have a decent backing.

“We need everybody together to help us get back that momentum and build towards a positive end to the season."


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