Date: 25th May 2016 at 5:37pm
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With the League One Play Off Final at Wembley this weekend drawing nearer, head coach Paul Heckingbottom has now completed the first of his pre game press interviews.

The caretaker gaffer, despite there being a good few days yet, gave an update on potential team news and admitted the group could be boosted by the return of a player or two ahead of our second trip this year to Wembley.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained.

‘Everyone is fit, everyone is training. It`s great, that`s exactly what you want and I wish we had it every week. Marley Watkins is six weeks post-op, he`s trained today. Aidy is back in training, so are James Bree and George Smith. The only one out is Ryan Williams who is recovering from a groin operation. We`ll have to wait and see what the team is, you never know what`s going to happen. We might pick up an injury, but everyone can probably guess what we`ll do.’

Asked on whether his team selection would differ from the Semi Final victory over Walsall, and whether the approach to the final itself would change, he went on to explain.

‘It`s about us being as good as we can possibly be and that`s how we`ll approach it. We`re not going to change things drastically, we`re comfortable in how we`re going to do things and what is expected from the players, they understand that and that`s why they`re performing well. We know when we`re playing Millwall that at some point they`ll be putting us under severe pressure, but so what. They`re going to have to do that if they want to beat us, but likewise we`ll have to try and cope with that and impose ourselves on them. It shouldn`t bother us, we should just deal with it and go on to hurt them.’

Having tasted the Wembley experience once already this season, he also feels that the squad will be better prepared this time round and can use that to our advantage.

‘I think we`ve got used to it. I`ve said in a lot of interviews that we`ve tried to bill every game as massive from when we beat Coventry, and I think now the back of the season we`ve seen the benefits of that. They are used to performing under pressure and they know how to prepare themselves for winning big games. In the back end of the season when we`ve had to perform in big games we have done it. More importantly, in terms of performance which we can affect we have not frozen in the way we want to play because that gives us the best possible chance of winning.’


‘We`ve had good form since the turn of the year, those games have gone but what we can take is our knowledge and preparation. How we`ve trained, what our application has been like and what it`s taken to get the win because that`s what we need to do. We can`t help what Millwall do except impose our game on them and that`s what we`ll be trying to do.’

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