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Big week begins with the visit of Bristol Rovers.

After the defeat to Shrewsbury and the level of performance, the result at Charlton midweek was the perfect way to respond.  I mentioned in the preview to the Shrews game that there would be occasions this season when we wouldn't dominate games as we had been doing and that even Paul Jewell's all conquering side suffered defeats and served up performances that were pretty poor.  The one thing that they could do though was bounce back from those games, usually in style, and that is what we did on Tuesday night.  That result has put us right in the driving seat to come away from this week of fixtures in a strong position.

There are no trophies handed out in September and we won't get promoted on the back of whether we beat Bristol Rovers tomorrow or not but we will be promoted on the back of our home form.  Portsmouth pretty much stole a result the last time we were in action at home and whilst those types of performances and results will happen they need to be the exception and not the norm, as we saw on free football predictions Wigan Athletic were big favourites for that game.

Sides are going to come here and park the bus.  They are going to want to frustrate us, and we need to be patient and eventually our ability will tell.  Paul Cook has got us playing a fast paced attacking game and that is exactly how we need to approach every home game.  Come out the traps quickly and grab an early goal.

I know we did that against Pompey but as mentioned  that was a freak result and performance.  In the majority of games this season an early goal will see us win comfortably.  In Nick Powell, Will Grigg, Ivan Toney, Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs we have probably the strongest attacking line in the division and not many sides will be able to handle that if we are on top of our game.

After the defeat and performance against Shrewsbury I think most of us would have taken a point at The Valley on Tuesday but to go there and win as easily as we did shows that we have the ability to hurt sides in this division and at the risk of sounding arrogant, I haven't seen anything yet to make me think we won't be celebrating again come May.

Paul Cook

"There’s always a different kind of emotion and feeling after losing a game and it’s almost as if people have done something drastically wrong, but in football you’re going to get beaten and have bad days, that’s just part of the process. The most important thing is that we want to play well, and I feel that if you play well then you’ll normally get the right result, and certainly on Tuesday we did that.

When we looked back over the stats for last Saturday’s game we worked harder at Shrewsbury than what we did at Charlton, yet we’re always looking for a fine line that will tell us exactly why we lost. The reason why teams lose sometimes is because that’s football, and the harder you try the worse it gets. Tuesday night was a very, very clinical performance, but like Shrewsbury we move on now.”

Bristol Rovers

It's been a tough few years for The Gas after their relegation from The Football League in 2014 especially seeing their City rivals win a Johnstone's Paint Trophy and League One double in the same season, but back-to-back promotions meant they spent last season in League One where they finished a credible 10th which they will look to build on this season.

They have started the season in pretty mixed form with three wins and four defeats from their opening seven games including a thriller on Tuesday night against Oldham.  Having gone two down, they battled back to 2-2 and looked to have salvaged a point before throwing it away and ending up on the end of a 3-2 scoreline.  What that does show though is that they will battle to the end and will be a tough nut to crack tomorrow afternoon. The best bookmakers odds sees us favourites again for this game, but we should never rest on our laurels.

BRISTOL ROVERS - THE STORY SO FAR 

League One

P 7
W 3
D 0
L 4
F 12
A 15
GD -3
Pts 9

Position 12th

Last Game: v Oldham (H) L 3-2.

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