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Mantom: We're fully aware of what's going to come

10 August 2017

Sam Mantom started for the first time this season against Notts County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, and the central midfielder is now looking ahead to the challenge at Rochdale.

Mantom was pleased with the minutes he got and how the game went, after missing the final two pre-season friendlies.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, the 25-year-old mentioned about recovering from Tuesday night’s cup game and he previewed Saturday’s league fixture away at Rochdale.

ON RECOVERING FROM TUESDAY NIGHT…
SM: There are a few tired bodies, obviously a few lads played 120 minutes. We will get the recovery in on Thursday and look forward to a big game against Rochdale.

"It’s always a physical challenge when you go to Spotland. You know what you’re going to get."

Sam Mantom, midfielder

ON SATURDAY’S MATCH AGAINST ROCHDALE…
SM: The aim is to get three points, that is what the gaffer wants. That’s exactly what we will try and work on in the next couple of days. They won their game in the midweek as well, so they will be high on confidence. It’s always a physical challenge when you go to Spotland. You know what you’re going to get, it’s Keith Hill, it’s the same all the time and he’s got the same sort of players from last year as well. We are fully aware of what’s going to come and I’m sure the gaffer will set us up for that.

ON THE CARABAO CUP SECOND ROUND DRAW…
SM: I want anyone really. You can say a big team and go to a nice stadium, or you pick someone who is a little bit lower and you try and progress. Any team we get we will try and win the game.

ON A BUSY SCHEDULE…
SM: That’s what we want. We want games, you don’t want to spend all your time training and then waiting another seven days for a game. You want to put that practice into games and hopefully we can do that.

Sam Mantom

ON STARTING HIS FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON…
SM: That’s the longest I have played in a while. Obviously, I was on the bench for a couple of times at the end of last year and couldn’t really get a start after my groin injury. I missed the last two games in pre-season with a swelling in my ankle. That was the longest I have played for quite a while, so I’m happy to get through that and pretty pleased with how it went.

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