Bristol Rovers v Fleetwood Town Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers host Fleetwood Town this weekend looking to make it three wins out of three this week.

Rovers were victorious last weekend away at Bury before performing a Carabao Cup upset winning 1-0 at Fulham but are still looking for a first home league win this season.

Rovers assistant manager Marcus Stewart was quick to praise his side’s defensive performance against Fulham and identified where he thought the game was won.

“For me when you play against teams like Fulham you want nothing going through the middle of the pitch really, and nothing threaded between the lines,” Stewart told the Bristol Post.

“At times, they’re going to go around you and over the top of you and your full-backs and your wingers are very important.

“I thought that those guys last night probably won us the game because at times Lee Brown and Marc Bola were isolated one-on-one and they both did a really good job a majority of the time.

“It’s so important. If that doesn’t happen then they find a different way through, and they couldn’t get through us.

Rovers boss Darrell Clarke may look to continue to use Marc Bola at right back due to a fine performance at Craven Cottage after Joe Partington missed the trip. Sam Slocombe is set to continue in goal as Adam Smith recovers from injury.

Fleetwood go into the game being one of four teams in League One with a 100% record after three matches. The Cod Army have beaten Rotherham, Northampton and AFC Wimbledon so far this campaign but manager Uwe Rosler insists that this weekend’s match will be the toughest away fixture this season.

“This will be our biggest test away from home this season,” Rosler told the club’s website.

“Northampton was very tough, but I think Bristol Rovers will be thinking about last year where they were very good against us.

“It will be a real test for us to see how stable and confident we are, along with how consistent we are. My players can’t wait to show how we’ve improved on Saturday.”

Fleetwood are still likely to be without striker Conor McAleny due to an ankle injury but defender Bailey Cargill is in line for his debut.


 The fixture between these two sides at the Memorial Stadium ended 2-1 to Rovers with Cristian Montano grabbing the winner.

Ex-Bristol Rovers loanee Cian Bolger now plays for Fleetwood and scored against Rovers in last season’s 3-1 win at Highbury.

This will be the seventh time these two teams have met. Rovers have beaten Fleetwood twice, Fleetwood winning three times.

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