WE COULD have a new face in our line-up when we take on Scunthorpe today after Shane Cansdell-Sherriff joined us on loan from Preston.
We met Shane at training this week and had a brief introduction, and he seems like a good lad.
He’s an experienced player and he can help us out at least in the short-term with Marcus and Sharpsy both out.
There’s a bit of an ex-Rochdale club here now, with Phil Edwards, Rene Howe, Marcus Holness, Michael Symes – and now Shane, and there’s a few ex-Tranmere lads as well in Shane, Ian Sharps, Robbie Weir and Adam McGurk.
Marcus, Dominic Knowles and I travel in together from the same neck of the woods, and I’m sure Shane could join in with us if he wanted to.
Shane played with Sharpsy at Shrewsbury and that can only help.
I think the manager was looking at that to help the settling in process.
We’ve had a good week of training, but a hard week as the gaffer has been putting us through our paces after Saturday’s defeat to Wimbledon.
It’s always disappointing to lose a game, but especially after getting ourselves 1-0 up after going down to 10 men.
As soon as they went 2-1 up, we lost our shape and they always looked likely to score the third.
The sending off was disappointing, but once again there’s no consistency from the referees.
The same thing happened to Ian Sharps when he was pushed around, but Dave Kitson didn’t get a red card.
It’s that inconsistency which is frustrating, because if one’s a sending off, the other is.
The other point is that Marcus had been getting pushed all over the place up until then but the referee didn’t do anything about that.
Liam Slade got the chance to make his debut for Burton then, and I thought he slotted in quite nicely.
He made a lot of headed clearances, but not everything was thrown at his head, and he had to play the ball out as well, which he did well.
The Wimbledon game also saw Robbie Weir back in midfield, and it was good to have him back.
He brings a lot of energy to the midfield, and we complement each other well, or so people say.
If he can get a run of games together now, he’ll be the better for it.
We all felt for Dominic Knowles on Saturday because he was the man sacrificed after Marcus’ red card.
But he’s been very professional about it and it’s just a matter of time before he gets another chance, because he is clearly a young player with a lot of talent.
One of the big positives from the game is how disappointed we all are with the result.
We’re not happy with how we played, and we can take that into the next game.
I thought we started well, and the game had a good feel to it.
That’s what we’re aiming to do, and we need to get back to the way we used to start games last season.
Last season was great, but we can’t keep harping on about last season, we have to start doing it this season.
If we could just keep 11 men on the pitch, that would be great, because you have a much better chance then!
But it’s something you have to deal with – I got sent off a couple of times, and it’s happened to Zander Diamond, and to Marcus before.
Today we take on Scunthorpe, who came down from League One last season, and have been going great guns so far.
It will be a tough game, but we go into every game with the same attitude, and we’re at home so we’ll be confident of getting a result.