BUCKY’S BLOG: Bradford game could decide season

James Coppinger's return from injury will be a massive boost.

James Coppinger's return from injury will be a massive boost.

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Everyone I talk to recently is saying how important this game is tomorrow night.

It could be decisive, this is it for me.

If we beat Bradford, I think we can go on and get in the play-offs. If we draw, there’s still a small chance, but if we lose, well I think it’ll be a struggle and we’ll probably have to settle for mid-table.

After our last outing away at Coventry and the second half performance, the players should be buzzing going into this game.

And Bradford come to the Keepmoat and could play in to Rovers’ hands, in that they have a big tall forward in John Stead who loves the aerial battle. We have the ammunition to deal with his threat in Andy Butler. I think it plays to his strengths to take on a big man up front. It’s the smaller quicker players that he might not enjoy marking so much.

I think if we can just get an early goal and get a foot on the ladder we can do it.

There’s two or three big games this weekend in League One where the teams around us are playing each other, so if we can just do our part and win it’ll all look so much better.

Would we take four out of six points from the two games against Bradford and Sheffield United? I think we would.

You can stand getting one point at Bramall Lane if we can beat Bradford, due to their respective league positions. I think Sheffield United will get fifth, but we need to beat Bradford.

Playing away games holds no fear for Rovers so we always have a fighting chance there.

I think if we can get 70 points, which would be five wins and two draws from the last eight games, that would be enough for sixth.

Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope we avoid any more injuries and that James Coppinger gets back into the side.

I hope we go with 4-4-2 at home, then if we start to lose the midfield battle, you can always pull someone like Coppinger infield a little bit to tighten it up.

If that happens it means Harry Forrester can have a bit of freedom in attack, because he’s the kind of player who can do that.

There are different strategies to potentially use within this squad but with the 4-4-2 it’s just a question of who to go with in the middle of the park.