Date: 18th February 2016 at 6:35pm
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Ashley Eastham has been looking forward to the trip to Valley Parade to take Bradford City this Saturday.

On the back of a two all draw with Crewe Alexandra in the last game, Eastham said that everyone was focused on returning to winning ways and getting ourselves back on track this weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own pre game press interviews, the player explained that everybody was gutted to throw away the two goal lead and they were determined it wouldn’t happen again.

‘I`m feeling a little bit gutted after that, to be honest. We lost on Saturday and we wanted to get a win (Tuesday). Being 2-0 up, you shouldn`t, in any situation, be letting any team get back into the game. But we`ve got to be men about it – marking from set-pieces and doing the right things. It`s clich├ęd stuff but it gets you points. We`ve got to do it on Saturday because we`ve got Bradford, who are a big, big side. We`ve really got to be men on Saturday.’

Moving forward to the Bradford game, the player went on to say that he knew it would be a tough test, but if Rochdale are at our best we can pick up a result against anybody – especially if we learn from recent mistakes.

‘Bradford are a good side and they`ve won two on the bounce so they`re going to have their tails up. We, first and foremost, are going to have to keep a clean sheet, that`s the main thing – we need to be doing that. With having the likes of Hendo and Peter V, people like that, there`s always a goal in us so we need to stay strong. We`re all looking forward to it, we`re a little bit down about it, but we`ll put it aside. We`ve got 16 games left to really make something of this season. We`re not prepared to just let it die out. We`ve got to be positive. We`re in a bit of a sticky spot at the moment but we`ve got the characters in there to get us out of it, there`s no doubt about that.’

Having featured in the last two games, and made his first starts since November, on a personal level he’s pleased to be back involved and he admitted he knew he had to be patient.

‘We started the season extremely well so you`ve got to sit and wait your chance, and that`s what I`ve done. You`ve got to be respectful to the rest of the players and I`m more than happy to do that. Now I`m in, I`m looking to kick on. Footballers want to be playing football. You`ve got to keep your head down, train hard, try to impress the Manager and when you get your chance, you`ve got to take it.’

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