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Ready to adapt

Ardley prepared for unpredictable Dover

17 January 2020

Neal Ardley says he’s prepared the team for a range of threats when we host Dover this Saturday.

The Whites come to Meadow Lane with the joint-best away record in the division, averaging two points per game on their travels.

And, while Ardley admits Dover could be a difficult side to predict, he has ensured the players are well versed in adapting to what the visitors may bring to the table.

“Their away form is staggering. The boys know they are facing a team who are very good on their travels,” said Ardley.

“Some games you know will go a certain way but I have no idea if they’ll try and frustrate us or come and have a go knowing they’re good away from home.

“We prepare the boys to the best of our abilities so we can work out what the problems are and adapt to them.

“For example, that means if they’re sitting in, we can shout that on to the field and the lads know how to get around it because we’ve worked on it.

“We’ll try and be ready for every scenario and I’m looking forward to it, but we know we have to be at it because any team can beat us if we’re not."

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After Tuesday’s game at AFC Fylde was postponed, Ardley says the remainder of the week had a different look to what was originally planned.

“We came in on Wednesday and made that a hard, physical session to get all the intensity in their legs,” he explained.

“It was a good blow for the boys and was far enough away from Saturday to make sure it doesn’t have any effect.

“Tuesday’s game being called off has made decisions around the weekend's team a bit harder.

"Players might have been given a rest in the week but now the side I would’ve picked at Fylde may not be selected on Saturday."

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One player we might see back in black and white in the not too distant future is Jim O’Brien, who’s progressing well in his recovery from a nasty leg injury.

“Jim has trained all week and he’s a driven boy,” said Ardley.

“He’s been building up for a couple of weeks now and we have to put the reins on him because he’s already telling me he’s available for selection.

“We’ve got the game on Tuesday in the Nottinghamshire Cup and could consider giving him a run out, so we’ll have a conversation with him about that.”

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And the boss also offered some insight into the decision to let Ross Fitzsimons join Chesterfield on loan.

“Ross isn’t happy being a number two and didn’t want to be here in that role,” Ardley added.

“We’ve found a solution that allows him to play football but also doesn’t hang us out to dry because we can recall him if needed.”

Saturday's match is the first included in our Run-In ticket bundle, which allows you to make significant savings on admission for our final eight home games of the season. Click here to find out more.


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