Fleetwood Town v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel up north to Fleetwood this weekend hoping to kick on from their 5-0 thrashing of Northampton last time out.

Rovers head to the Highbury Stadium having not won away from home since beating bottom club Oldham on the 22nd of October but have strengthened this January with the arrival of Joe Partington from Eastleigh. The defender will be available for this weekend’s fixture.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke spoke of his delight in signing Partington.

“I am very pleased to have signed Joe, a player who can play in one or two different positions,” Clarke told the club’s website.

“He is hungry and keen to learn and is a welcome addition to our squad and I’m sure that our supporters will be looking forward to seeing him play.”

Fleetwood go into the game 12 unbeaten in all competitions seeing them climb up the League One table and into the play off positions.

The Cod Army have also strengthened this month signing midfielder George Glendon on a permanent deal from Manchester City. The 21 year old spent the first half of the season on loan at the club and first team coach Barry Nicholson is pleased that Fleetwood have managed to sign him permanently.

“He was obviously at Man City and had a good grounding, and you get very good technically on the ball and I think he’s had to learn the off the ball stuff a little bit more and I think he’s taken to that really well,” Nicholson told the club’s website.

“He’s a little bit more aggressive now off the ball and he’s been a big part for us in this run of 12 games unbeaten.

“It’s great that he’s signed permanently for us, as I say he’s been a big part in this run, hopefully it’s just the start.

“He’s got a lot of things to learn, he’s a young footballer and we’re just trying to get as much into him as we possibly can.”

Team news for the home side is that Jimmy Ryan, Martyn Woolford, Ashley Eastham and Michael Duckworth are all still out for the home side.

Rovers will be without Goalkeeper Kelle Roos after he returned to parent club Derby following his loan spell. This means youngster Kieron Hodges is set to be named on the bench with Will Puddy their only fit senior keeper.

Defender Danny Leadbitter missed last week’s win over Northampton and is set to be out once more.

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This will be only the sixth time the two sides have met with both sides picking up two wins each.

Fleetwood defender Cian Bolger played 49 times in three separate loan spells for Rovers, scoring twice.

Fleetwood entertain Bristol Rovers this weekend, before welcoming Rovers’ city rivals, Bristol City in a FA Cup Third Round replay in midweek.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 43/92 clubs in England and counting.

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