MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Peterborough United

It’s Fourth vs Third this weekend in League One as Bristol Rovers entertain Peterborough United in their first league match since the shock departure of manager Graham Coughlan.

The Irishman stunned Gashead’s last Saturday after stating that he was considering his future despite Rovers beating Ipswich 2-1 away from home.

Coughlan soon left the club for League Two Mansfield and now for the second time in a year the Rovers board are searching for a new manager.

On the pitch, Rovers extended their unbeaten run to 11 games after beating League Two Plymouth 1-0 on Tuesday night in their FA Cup Second Round Replay.

Rovers’ form has seen them rise up the table to fourth and Caretaker boss Joe Dunne has spoken of his side’s confidence and togetherness.

“These players are amazing,” Dunne told Bristol Live.

“This team is amazing and sometimes you don’t know what you can achieve as a group if you really believe.

“What we have here is great togetherness, that’s down to Graham. That’s down to the work on the training pitch, that’s down to his management and leadership skills.

“He deserves a hell of a lot of credit for that. We’re marrying up with the fans, as well. Theres a real connection with the fans and the team.

“We are a reflection for what we are as a club. We are a reflection for what we stand for. Our DNA is to do things like we’ve done tonight, and long may that continue.”

Rovers host a Peterborough side in form themselves. Posh are unbeaten in eight games and have managed to score 43 goals in the League alone so far this season.

Peterborough boss Duncan Ferguson is weary of Saturday’s opponents despite their opposition being a managerless side.

“I suppose it can’t be terrible for us,” Ferguson told Peterborough Today.

“But who really knows how players will react?

“It’s still the same playing squad playing in the same away that has brought them a lot of success this season so it will still be a very tough game.

“It was a surprise to see Graham leave, but he’s entitled to make that decision and good luck to him.”

Rovers will have captain Ollie Clarke back after he missed the win at Home Park through suspension. There are fitness concerns over Abu Ogogo and leading scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Posh head into the game without Nathan Thompson after the defender limped out of last week’s win over Bolton. Thompson joins forward Idris Kanu on the sidelines.

Experienced playmaker George Boyd maybe available though, after he came through training this week unscathed. Posh do have their three front men, Marcus Maddison, Mo Eisa and Ivan Toney all fit so goals should be expected.

Posh may have scored 43 times this season but 36 of them have come from these three so if the Rovers backline can keep them quiet for 90 minutes then they would have achieved what only four sides have done so far this season.

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