SAFC Are Strong

Jack Ross intends to play a strong side against Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Semi Final. Get in! "I would think this will be [strongest side yet]," explained Ross said. "It's in a busy schedule but it's been like that all year, and at this point it's not that different to what we would normally face anyway. The players feel good about themselves at the moment, they're in a good flow. We wouldn't take any risks with anyone who might have an issue who could be ruled out for the weekend or beyond that but anybody who is fit and healthy will be considered. This is a proper game for us. They've all been proper games, but it's one that we're just viewing the same as every other game between now and the end of the season. There's various different things in it. One is the stage of the tournament. Two, it's the only time that we've played a team in our league. That's a different factor and then again, it's away from home. It's not just the competition that dictates you team selection. The Morecambe game is a good example, the reason we had that [young] squad that night was because it would have taken a strange set of circumstances to drop out. So, we've looked at each one [on its own merits] rather than as a tournament. The dynamics of this one are different, a League One team away from home, and it's a semi final."

Ross also gave an injury update: "We've got two or three that we'll have to look at whether we take them and whether they're involved," he added. "Donald [Love] is still not match fit, Bryan [Oviedo] is back on the grass but hasn't done much with us in the last few weeks. So it's just some niggles that we'll have to assess. The response has been really good of late, I mentioned about the bounce game that we had last week. They've had the bit between their teeth, to show how they good they are and to show that if the opportunity arises they're ready to take it. That's all you can ask for, they've been really good that way. There's also a good togetherness and I think you could see that on Saturday, even from Lee's goal celebration. It's a good group and the ones not playing have made a good contribution this season, they've played a part in getting us into this position. They'll undoubtedly play a part between now and the end of the season as well."