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Crucial Month Ahead.


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With no Premier League games this weekend, Rover’s supporters can sit back an enjoy the FA Cup as a neutral, before they prepare for a heck tick and crucial league programme during the next month that could have a major impact in avoiding relegation.

At the time of preparing this editorial there appears to be no indication of any movement by the club in the transfer market, however a number of the current squad have announced their commitment to the club.

Having passed the 250 goal target in recent weeks Andy Cole has spoken out, stating his intention to see out the remainder of his 18 month contract and believes Rover’s can still achieve a European place. Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph Cole stated. "When I arrived in December 2001, the team were in a very similar league position to the one it is in now, we ended up finishing that season by winning the Worthington Cup, and gaining a respectable league position.”

Another striker who has showed commitment to the club is Matt Jansen, who stated this week that he wants to repay the club for their support during his rehabilitation, following his well documented road accident. Jansen has stated on the clubs site that although confidence is low, he’s sure that once the team gets some results behind them the confidence will lift.

Although still with a number of long term injuries there is some good news, with the imminent return from injury of central defenders, Craig Short and Amoruso, plus Andy Todd who is now available following his suspension.

With the departure of Grabbi and Baggio to Ancona, the squad will be depleted in numbers and will have to be fully committed as they prepare to meet at Ewood three former Rover hero’s over the next few weeks, starting with…….

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On Sunday the 1st February Rover’s fans will welcome back to Ewood Park, in front of the Sky cameras Damian Duff, followed by their championship side hero Alan Shearer on Wednesday 11th February and on the 28th February local boy James Beatttie returns to his home town club.

Whilst the current squad will be compared against the departed fans hero’s they will also have to show commitment during two away games in the month; with the fan’s hoping that Juninio doesn’t repeat his Ewood performance on the 7th and that Rover’s midfield can contain Scott Parker on the 21st.providing that he hasnt been sold to Chelski in the meantime.

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