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James Rowberry: "It's about the collective"

1 April 2022

James Rowberry has announced that both Courtney Baker-Richardson and Jake Cain can be welcomed back into the County fold for the hosting of Exeter.

Both need to be managed carefully, the boss insists, but he is glad to have the positive selection headache going into what could be a vital game against second-placed Exeter in a ridiculously close promotion run-in for every club involved.

"The only ones not available are Oli Cooper, Josh Pask, Priestley [Farquharson] and Courtney Senior. That's where we're at in this moment in time, everyone else is available. I'll see how we get through today and we'll go from there," Rowberry said on Friday morning previewing the game.

"We have to be mindful of [Baker-Richardson]. He's only trained three times this week so I'm mindful that we have to be patient with Courtney and that'll be the same with Jake [Cain] as well, but they're available for selection.

"Josh Pask will be training with the group on Monday, which is good news as well. It gives us extra cover on our backline.

"It's brilliant [to have them back], and I know I'll sleep right tonight once I've picked the team and named the team. I always sleep well on a Friday night because I know the work's done."

Exeter will be tough proposition on Saturday afternoon, with the Grecians only four points behind league leaders Forest Green and they're only five points clear of dropping out of the automatic promotion places.

"What we have to do with Exeter is focus on our processes," Rowberry added.

"I know that can sound cliche and maybe get a little bit boring but it's a fact. It's a fact of the matter that we need to concentrate on what we do to get our performances right and I'm confident we can follow that up with results as long as we do what we should do with regards to our processes.

"It's always about the collective. When we perform well and do things well, it's always the lads, it's nothing to do with me, I don't see it that way. They're the ones that have got to cross the white lines, got to execute the plan and they're the ones who take the credit.

"When it doesn't go quite so well, it's on me because I'm the one that's devised that plan. I think that's the thing that we look at and they buy into it as a collective. I want them to be brave and be confident and I hope that shows on the pitch every time we play."

Tickets for the game with Exeter will go off sale today (Friday) at 6pm. You can purchase tickets online by clicking here.


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