Date: 28th August 2015 at 7:22pm
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Manger Lee Johnson has given his thoughts ahead of the trip to Spotland to face Keith Hill’s Rochdale side this weekend.

Audio – Johnson Previews Rochdale

On the back of our terrific efforts against Everton in the Capital One Cup, Johnson said he knew the players would be feeling the strain somewhat after extra time, but he was backing them to put in another good attacking show this weekend as we go on our travels.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, the gaffer explained.

‘There will be an element of fatigue but it was an extraordinary game, end-to-end and very physical. Generally Everton`s players are quicker in their feet, acceleration and deceleration and that becomes difficult to deal with. They had to put a lot more strain on their body and when you put an extra load on your body, it takes longer to recover. We`ve tried to give everybody the opportunity to be able to recover before the game on Saturday.’

Despite the defeat, the performance overall and the element of disappointment at not seeing the victory through give where we stood at half time, Johnson went on to say that morale in the dressing room was as high as ever and he backed that to produce another performance the players could be proud of.

‘The spirit, and attitude was there. We haven`t quite shown in at home but when we play with energy, we know how good we can be. We`ll be ready and when we play our game, we`re good.’

Ahead of the game there are no fresh injury concerns for him to cater for, but he admits he might make changes both with an eye to last Wednesday, but also with an eye to next Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy encounter with Scunthorpe United.

‘Will I make changes? That`s the million dollar question, you`re damned if you do and damned if you don`t. If we make changes and lose I shouldn`t have made changes, if I don`t make them and we lose I should have made the changes. There are no injuries or knocks of serious concern. James Bree is 50/50 with a swollen ankle after rolling it in training but everybody else is fine. Ryan Williams still out but we knew that anyway and apart from that we have a full strength side but he have players chomping at the bit.’

As for transfers, Johnson said there is some activity but nothing has progressed enough yet to make it guaranteed before the coming deadline.

‘Nothing has happened this week but we`re hopeful of something happening soon, but it`s not definite, we`ll just have to wait and see. I`ll be telling people whether to go and get a hot chocolate and watch Sky Sports on deadline day. I don`t expect any players to go anywhere but the window can get crazy.’

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