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Donnelly prepared for Bees test

“We know we’re going to have to be adaptable this season”

22 August 2019

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Gemma Donnelly is relishing Sunday’s visit of London Bees - Rovers Ladies’ first home game in Championship.

Coming into the game off the back of defeat away to Lewes, Rovers are searching for their first points of the new campaign.

“We’re fully prepped,” Donnelly said in her pre-match press conference.

“We’ve had a full week of training and we’re hoping it’s going to be an entertaining game of football.

"Hopefully we can come away with a positive result for all those people that come down and support us in this new journey and this new chapter for Blackburn Rovers Ladies.  

“We know we’re going to have to be adaptable this season as opposed to previous seasons when we’ve predominantly played in the same formation and perfected that.

“And therefore not had to change our tactics too much. This season is going to be very different.”

Rovers were without Rhema Lord-Mears and Chelsey Jukes for the opening game of the season, and there are more injury worries this weekend. 

“For every game you want your strongest starting 11. We probably don’t have that available this weekend through injury and absences.

“But what it does allow us to do is provide opportunities to those squad players that haven’t had too much game time over pre-season.

“I’m looking forward to seeing those in action and putting on a fine display so that it really gives me good headaches for the future selection.

London Bees also suffered a loss at the weekend, going down 2-0 at home to London City Lionesses. But Donnelly knows they’ll give Rovers a tough test at Bamber Bridge.

“We’ve got an idea of what they’re about. But until we really have a season in this league, you’ll never really know.

“It’s all new, we’re still finding our feet in terms of the preferred style of managers and the players brought in so we very much have to control the controllables, which is our team.”

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