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A crucial period ahead

5 December 2015

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Shane Duffy is keen for Rovers to continue their improvement in form as they enter an important stage of the season.

After the draw with Sheffield Wednesday last time out, Rovers are back in action this Saturday when they face Bristol City - kick-off 3.00pm.

The clash against the Robins marks the start of a six-game run in just over three weeks, with the defender insisting it is the biggest match of the season because it is the next one.

But he knows that if they can get through December with a decent haul of points, then it would set them up nicely for the second half of the season.

"It is crucial because of the start we've had, but every team is probably the same," the Irishman told Rovers PlayerHD.

"If you have a good Christmas period then it can really kick you on to the end of the season so that is our aim. So we'll try to pick up as many points as we can.

"But we have to take it game-by-game, if you look to far ahead then it can catch up with you.

"Bristol City is the biggest game of our season now because it is the next one and that is the way we've got to look at every game.

"We'll concentrate on Bristol and then see where we are after that. It is going to be a tough game on Saturday, they are newly promoted but they are a good side, but hopefully we can continue our good form away from home with another Preston performance and another three points."

Duffy can also look forward to the next wave of matches without the threat of a one-match ban hanging over him.

Both Duffy and fellow central defender Grant Hanley have been on four yellow cards since September, but the deadline for five books resulting in a suspension has now passed.

"It was the longest ten matches ever!" quipped Duffy. "Me and Grant were saying thank god it is over with. It isn't nice because we could have missed big games.

"But it's over now and hopefully I won't get another booking this season."

Not at today's match at Ashton Gate? Listen to full 90-minute commentary on Rovers PlayerHD. Our broadcast will start at approximately 2.45pm.

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