MATCH PREVIEW: Fleetwood Town v Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers travel up north to Fleetwood this weekend hoping to bounce back from their Boxing Day defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

The 2-1 loss to at the Memorial Stadium was manager Ben Garner’s first game in charge and with such a quick turnaround, the new Rovers boss is not expecting any of his players that were on the treatment table to be back in time for the trip up to Lancashire.

“The focus is now solely on Fleetwood, we’ll be going there now to win and preparing as best as we can and giving it our best shot.

“I think Fleetwood are looking a very strong squad, they’ve got some experienced players there,” Garner told BristolLive.

“They have been a little bit up and down in terms of their results but I think they’re certainly one of the stronger squads in League One.

“So it’ll be a tough game but we’ll go there fully focused, fully prepared and aiming for three points.”

In terms of injuries; “Nothing from today, not sure if there is anyone that will come back into the reckoning certainly for Fleetwood.

“Ollie Clarke has still got a little bit of a hamstring injury which he picked up against Peterborough so we’re really just assessing the extent of that damage in terms of how long he will be out.

“But hopefully, he will be sooner rather than later for that one.”

Rovers head to the Highbury Stadium without any new injury concerns but Josh Hare and Sam Matthews remain long term absentees..

Fleetwood go into the game unbeaten during the Christmas period so far including a Boxing Day win over Rochdale.

The Cod Army have only lost once at home all season and Fleetwood boss Joey Barton is looking forward to the next few games on home soil.

“We now have a nice run of fixtures at home, where we’ve been really good in the calendar year,” Barton told the Blackpool Gazette.

“It would be nice to go out on a high on Sunday; our fans deserve that.

“Bristol Rovers have changed manager and no doubt the new manager will have them organised.

“The players know that Christmas and New Year for a footballer isn’t until May and June when the season is done.

“You need that discipline and it is hard when everyone is walloping the pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puds and stuffing.

“It’s hard to turn down those turkey sandwiches and leftovers in the evening but as a player you have to show that discipline and prepare to give energetic performances.

 “We are in the hunt and that win will do us the world of good, especially backing up a really good performance at Rotherham last Saturday.”

Team news for the home side is that midfielder Kyle Dempsey will be touch and go running up to the encounter after his return from injury.

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