Bristol Rovers v Fleetwood Town Match Preview

Match Preview League One

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers will be hoping to bounce back from only their second home league defeat in nearly a year as they welcome Fleetwood Town to the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers lost to Peterborough 2-1 last time out to end a 19 match unbeaten home run in the league and boss Darrell Clarke has told the club’s website that he and his players were disappointed in how they managed to lose the game despite what was a good performance.

“The dressing room was very despondent after the game, which is natural and it was great to see people responding in that way after a defeat,” he said.

“You certainly take a lot of heart from the performance, that’s for sure, but the disappointment doesn’t go away until the next game, where you have the chance of securing another win.

“It is always the target that we don’t get too carried away when we win and we don’t get too low when we lose, we reboot ourselves and we go again.”

Fleetwood go into the game having won three of their last four matches and beat struggling Gillingham 2-1 last time out in a match where manager Uwe Rosler said his players ‘fought like hell’ for victory.

Rosler told Fleetwood today that he was ‘delighted with his team’s performance’.

“We started very well and got the early goal once again then had some great opportunities where we missed the last ball and then we got sucked into their game.

“They established play in our half and created a number of crosses, corners and free-kicks, and we are not the tallest team.

“We dealt well with it when we were put on the back foot by a team with some great players.

“We grafted over the majority of the game for the win and that is a great sign when you are not at your best.”

After Steve Mildenhall suffered a knee injury in training, Darrell Clarke is expected to give a place on the bench to third choice keeper Will Puddy, who recently returned from his loan spell at Braintree. Other than this, Rovers have no new injury concerns.

Fleetwood’s Aaron Amadi-Holloway is edging closer to a return to full fitness but manager Rosler insists that he will not be rushed back. Fleetwood also have no new injury concerns.

Stats

Fleetwood defender Cian Bolger spent three loan spells at Rovers, making 49 appearances in total, scoring two goals.

Rovers and Fleetwood have met just four times. Fleetwood have won twice with one Rovers win as well as one draw between the two sides.

The last meeting at the Memorial Stadium between the two sides came in October 2013 and ended in a 3-1 Fleetwood win. Lee Brown, Tom Lockyer and Ellis Harrison featured in that match and are set to feature tomorrow night.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 40/92 clubs in England and counting.

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