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Donnelly confident of continuing current form

Rovers Ladies travel to face Stoke City this weekend

12 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly is confident that Rovers can continue to demonstrate their good run of form, ahead of Sunday’s game away to Stoke City Ladies.

The champions are looking to record a fifth victory on the spin in the Potteries, a response to their only league defeat away at Sunderland. 

“It’s important that we picked it up after Sunderland,” Donnelly said. 

“Albeit admittedly they were deserved winners, it also demonstrated that it was a complete one off for us in terms of our performance, because had the form continued it would then suggest a dip in our ability. 

“But that wasn’t the case and two days later we bounced back in fanatic form against Guiseley away and have continued to dominate fixtures since. This is what we hope to do on Sunday against a good Stoke team. But in honesty, I think we are better.” 

Rovers ran out 6-1 winners in the reverse fixture on home soil, but Donnelly is expecting to face a different side this time around. 

“Stoke have had a change in management and have drawn their last four games against tough opposition. As always it will be a difficult encounter away at their place. 

“Given their current form, it may make it an extra little bit tough. But we have prepared in our usual manner and are hopeful of a positive result.”

The Blues come into the game off the back of a 5-2 win away at Nottingham Forest Ladies, where they had to come from behind to seal what ended up being a convincing victory. 

“In any game it’s not the preference to go behind and we were probably a little fortunate that we were playing Forest, with all due respect, so we were able to come back from a two-goal deficit. But I was never worried that we wouldn’t get a positive result. 

“Stoke are a completely different kettle of fish as we have had difficult games against them and they have a very experienced squad with some quality players. It just depends which Stoke team we face."

Donnelly admitted that playing former Rovers players adds a little bit of edge to the encounter. Rovers will come up against midfielder Faye McCoy, who spent several years at the club before moving to Stoke. 

“It certainly does. But it’s something we’re used to. As it seems that every team we come across there’s always a Rovers connection. 

“And I think the initial part of the game will be to ride the storm, but once we find our flow of football, I’m confident that we have sufficient talent and quality within our squad to continue our winning form.”

Midfielder Hannah Walsh re-joins the first-team as she ineligible for the Development Team’s Final. Everyone else came through last weekend’s game and is fit and available for the Stoke clash. 

“Lastly, can I wish the Development team all the very best of luck in their Reserve League Cup final against Charlton. I hope they come away with the silverware.”

You can follow all the action from both games our official Twitter account, @RoversLadies, with kick-offs scheduled for 11am and 2pm respectively.

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