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By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: November 26, 2008

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WHAT a mouthwatering game we face against Rochdale this weekend, and I hope our supporters are getting gripped by FA Cup fever.

Those who watched us come so close to winning at Swindon in the second round last year will no doubt be thinking we are due to take that next step, making club history in the process.

That would be some achievement in what has been a difficult season for us, and thankfully we go into the game with a much healthier squad than of late.

I had 16 players training on Monday, some of whom have been out for so long I had forgotten their names. At times we have struggled to make up a five-a-side team.

I'm still worried about Alex Lawless, who came off against Mansfield with a tight hamstring, but otherwise things are looking up.

We will also benefit from finally getting a win on the board in the league, which has taken some pressure off and done wonders for morale.

Not that we shouldn't be under any pressure on Saturday, as Rochdale are an excellent side and will rightly be seen as strong favourites.

Their manager, Keith Hill, played for me at Morecambe towards the end of his career and we got on really well, so much so that I nearly gave him a job working with the youth team when he retired.

He ended up taking a similar role at Rochdale and working his way through the ranks to take the top job, and by all accounts he is doing an excellent job.

Of course they will be tough – I expect them to be promoted – but I've no doubt we can match them in a one-off game provided our big players are fit and firing.

My players might never get a better chance to play one of the big boys in the third round.

Finally, a word about my old club Arsenal and the William Gallas saga.

Arsene Wenger obviously felt his captain had upset the equilibrium of the dressing room, but I feel a player of Gallas' experience should have the right to speak out and I have some sympathy with him.

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