Date: 17th October 2013 at 9:47pm
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Manager Richie Barker has said that the break was good for the club and the players are now fit and raring to go in the game against Bradford.

We crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in our last match against Newport County, and Barker said he felt that having time to focus on the training pitch without a game to take the players’ concentration away from that work, will stand us in good stead to get back to winning ways in the league.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Barker admitted that it was unfortunate that we couldn’t get back on the bike so to speak following the postponement of the Bristol City game, but with a bit of hindsight, having that length of time to just work on improvements could be of more benefit to us.

‘When you have not played in 11 days there should be a freshness in mentality and physically.’

The boss admitted he did give the players a few days off to clear their heads, but the start of the week saw them working very hard on the training pitch to put things we got wrong against Newport right, and he feels they have all benefitted for it, but of course following a break, you never know whether the players will return a little bit rusty in terms of sharpness, even if the focus is there.

At least mentally, Barker says the players enjoyed the break, but are ready to go again.

In terms of the Bristol City postponement, the new date for that clash at Ashton Gate has now been announced.

The rearranged game will take place on Tuesday November 5th with a 7.45pm kick off.

Ticket details for the match have also been announced and can be found in the usual places.