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READ | Barker's pre-Ipswich Town press highlights

22 October 2019

Rotherham United assistant manager Richie Barker was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of the trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town on Wednesday night.

Barker commented on the change to the schedule to accommodate the Wednesday night game, injury news concering Clark Robertson, Freddie Ladapo and Kyle Vassell and the challenge of facing the current league leaders.

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Barker on training and travel plans for the Wednesday night fixture...

"We're going to train this afternoon on the Tuesday and then travel down fairly late and then we'll have a training session on Wednesday morning. The lads will then get the afternoon off and rest up for the game.

"We'll stay over after the game which we've never really done but with it being a Wednesday whatever time we get back in the early hours on the Thursday would be lost time, so we're going to train on the Thursday morning down there and set off back at lunch time.

"It's going to be a busy few days and we had this meeting a few weeks ago when the game got moved. Fortunately for us the Chairman and the Directors have bought into the fact that it is best preparation and hopefully we can reward them with three points on Wednesday night and Saturday.

"It shows how quick the turnaround is that by Wednesday evening and then the time we are on the bus home, we'll be talking about playing Wycombe."

Barker on team news ahead of Ipswich Town clash...

"Fortunately everyone was fine [after Oxford United]. 

We trained with a decent number yesterday hoping that is the same again today. Obviously with us being down there for a couple of days we'll take an extra player or two - one from a training point of view and two because you have to be aware that you only have to look at Blackpool for Joe pulling out the warm up."

Barker's update on Clark Robertson's injury...

"It is something that has been going on for quite a while and by his own admission has effected one or two things in his performance. They are only small things but obviously we notice it probably more than most people will. 

"We pulled him out of training on the Thursday and had a meeting with the physios and decided he couldn't continue in that way. It was tough off the back of scoring and setting one up at Blackpool but there are still another eight months of the season left to go and for the short-term loss of a week or two, hopefully the long-term gain is him coming through that and being fit for the rest of the season.

"I can't see him travelling with us now. We'll get an update in the next hour or so but I can't see him having improved a great deal in the last three or four days."

Barker on Freddie Ladapo...

"He came back into training on Monday and he's back into training today. There's every chance that he will travel with us to Ipswich but we're aware with it being a hamstring issue it is something we have to be aware of."

Barker on Kyle Vassell's injury situation...

"Again, he trained yesterday. We'll see how he is and all being well we may have him involved but again, being out a little bit longer than Freddie, we could do with him getting some minutes somewhere but he looked sharp in fairness to him. He'll definitely be chomping at the bit to get back in."

Barker on facing the league leaders in Ipswich Town

"To go towards the end of October before losing your first game marks an excellent start and they are clearly the early pace setters. They kept the majority of their squad from last season and they were pretty much everybody's favourites to go straight back up to the Championship.

"They're a massive club and the fans have definitely stuck with them because they're still getting brilliant home support. Paul Lambert is also an experienced manager who's been successful at all different levels.

"I watched their game against Accrington and they had a few players missing, so I'm expecting a completely different Ipswich side and performance from them on Wednesday night. If they get a few of their key men back, it will obviously make it a little bit more difficult."


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