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After Stewart Donald tweeted positive news regarding Josh Maja and Lynden Gooch’s contract talks, Jack Ross has also commented on the situation. "Stewart had alluded to hopefully having some news and I think that may be the case. Because of the number of fixtures I have at the moment, pretty much my focus has been on that. Obviously, I was privy to that information before Stewart tweeting it. I've never had any issues with his levels of communication with supporters, I can't think of any occasions whereby he's communicated anything he hasn't done to me that's relevant to me. There's things I don't need to know that aren't particularly relevant to my job but those that are I'm always aware of."

The owner’s tweet said: "I am sure we will have some news before Xmas. Both lads have told us they want to stay so hopefully we will Get a positive outcome soon."

The gaffer also gave an injury update ahead of the visit of Bristol Rovers. Ross said: “Hopefully the ones absent during the week will be back like Lynden and Aiden. Lynden certainly, I will catch Aiden today. Duncan will be in the squad, it is a question of how we utilise him.”

Ross also discussed the poor performance against Walsall midweek. Ross said: “I said I wouldn’t use that (tiredness) as an excuse for performance because we played against a team with a heavy schedule, in hindsight I should have refreshed the team more than I did. There was a strange atmosphere in the stadium from what we have been used to. There was different circumstances around the match but I wouldn’t make excuses. The one thing I have learned from my playing days is that you can’t get too high with highs and too low with the lows. It does stand you in good stead. Very few teams will go through undefeated. That’s including very good teams who have not managed to do that. You have to try to make sure you don’t get too despondent when you do lose a game. It is more encouraging the things they have shown for the bulk of the season. Irrespective of the teams’ league position we have faced, they have always reacted to playing at the Stadium of Light. I would imagine this challenge will be as tough as it has been for every home game. It is nice to be at home again after Tuesday, a disappointing display, we have not had to bounce back very often this season but when we have we have done it well. I would expect the same.”

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