Bristol Rovers head to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday in the middle of a very busy schedule.
The match is number two of five in 14 days for the Gas and manager Ben Garner believes that this period of the season will be the most demanding of the campaign.
“This period for the next two or three months is going to be very intense, it’s going to be very demanding”, Garner told the Bristol Post
“I said after the game on Saturday that this is something we’ve had in our minds from day one of pre-season in terms of building up to this point, but also now the importance of rest and recovery between games.
“We’re happy with the squad we’ve put in place in terms of getting teams onto the pitch, but how we rest and recover is going to be a big factor in how we do and how every team does over this period. Fingers crossed we don’t pick up any injuries.”
Team news for Rovers is that Sam Nicholson and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson are in contention to start for The Gas. Nicholson came off the bench in the draw with Burton at the weekend whilst Mitchell-Lawson was an unused substitute.
New signing Erhun Oztumer will also be pushing for place in the starting XI after he also came off the bench in the 1-1 draw but fellow new recruit Ben Liddle may have to wait to be integrated into the first team.
Shrewsbury go into the game in good form, unbeaten in five in all competitions and a late Leon Clarke goal was enough to clinch their first league win of the season last time out against AFC Wimbledon.
Both teams secured away wins against each other last season, but Salop manager Sam Ricketts believes that their opponents tomorrow night will be completely different to the Rovers side they faced last season.
“We are expecting a very different Rovers to what we played last year”, Ricketts told the club’s website.
“Last year they were very direct and would try to out-battle you as a team. This time around they have moved to three at the back and try to dominate from there.
“They try to use their passing range and way of playing to hurt the opposition. We look at all team’s strengths. We will try to stop their key players and try to impose ourselves on the game. With such a quick turn-around, we will focus more on us rather than looking at the opposition.
“Everyone who played the last game is ok. We have our longer-term injuries but we have no further injuries. Some of the other lads are close to a return but not close enough for tomorrow.”
Ricketts has no new injury concerns for his side going into the game although he will not have veteran midfielder David Edwards at his disposal as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his ankle.
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