MATCH PREVIEW: Rotherham United v Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers head to Yorkshire to face Rotherham United this weekend hoping to bring their winless run to an end.

Rovers are without a win since Manager Ben Garner took over, a run that stretches back to eight matches in all competitions.

Garner, now on an extended period of leave due to a family matter leaves the Gas with coach Kevin Maher in charge for the foreseeable future and with Saturday’s opponents in mind, Maher believes that the Gas have nothing to fear.

“We’ve all been there before when you lose games,” he told Bristol Live.

“The good thing is we’ve always got another one.

“We’re all disappointed, but we brush it under the carpet and we move on. The players are good, we’ve got a good group and we will stick together.

“We are looking forward to the game and it’s nothing this group haven’t done before, going somewhere and getting a result when people don’t think they’re going to do it.

“We can take on anyone on our day, we know that. We got ourselves into a position in the league because of how hard we work, our resilience, our togetherness, and we’ve got a bit of quality as well.

“We will be prepared and have a gameplan of how we can get a result. Nothing to fear at all.

“We need to go back to basics, being hard to beat, resilient and not giving up too many chances and putting our bodies on the line when we need to, which we’ve done well all season.

“Obviously we need to create more, we know that, but from a solid base. We’re putting an attacking structure in that we think will cause them problems.”

Rovers will have Ollie Clarke available for the fixture after the club captain came off the bench in the FA Cup defeat at Coventry. New signing Josh Ginnelly will be available after signing on loan from Preston for the rest of the campaign.

Saturday’s opponents Rotherham sit top of League One after an excellent run of form.

The Millers are six unbeaten having won their last four league games and manager Paul Warne has spoken about how it feels to be top of the pile.

“It is nice, I won’t say it isn’t,” Warne told the club’s website.

“Every weekend you’re always thinking ‘if that result goes that way and that one goes that way, we can get into the Play-offs or the top two’ whatever the case may be.

“You’re always trying to get to the pinnacle and it is nice for us being there but we’ve now got to try and fight to stay up there as long as we can.

On Saturday’s game with Rovers, Warne said:

“They’re a team who are fighting to get their results back on track. They’ve got a managerial issue in that he’s dealing with a family matter, so I feel for him. All the players will be playing for him, as they will the coaches in charge.

“They’ll be desperate to get their form back and it happens to all teams throughout the season, everyone has dips.

“They’ve got a really good team with good players, hence why they’ve been in the top six for virtually all the season. They’ve recruited a few in the window, so I expect changes to the team who played against Coventry in midweek.

“All we can do is be at our absolute best and if we are, then we’re a difficult team for anyone.

Warne confirmed that he has no new injury concerns from the win at Oxford but admitted the match may come too soon for Shaun McDonald.

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