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Match Preview – Bristol R vs Fleetwood

Last Updated: 21/12/18 12:23pm

Graham Coughlan remains in caretaker charge as struggling Bristol Rovers host Fleetwood in Sky Bet League One.

Coughlan oversaw last week’s 2-1 defeat at Sunderland having stepped up following the departure of Darrell Clarke.

Coughlan has no fresh injury concerns but, after making five changes last week, has assured all players they have an equal chance of featuring as he looks to find a winning formula. Rovers, 23rd in the table and four points adrift of safety, need a lift having lost their last five league games.

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Fleetwood could welcome back a trio of players for the trip to the Memorial Stadium. Defender Craig Morgan, midfielder James Wallace and forward Wes Burns are all pushing to be involved after injuries.

Manager Joey Barton intends to make a decision on their availability after assessing them in training. Defender James Husband is likely to remain on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Bristol Rovers.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Bristol Rovers.

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The side playing at home has won all four of the League One matches between Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town (two wins each), with both sides scoring in all but the most recent of those four, a 2-0 Fleetwood win at Highbury in April 2018.

Since a goalless draw in their first meeting in the EFL in September 2012, none of the seven league meetings between Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town have finished level, with the Pirates winning three and losing four.

Bristol Rovers have lost each of their last five league games – the Pirates last went on a longer run of defeats between October and December 2002 losing eight consecutive matches whilst in the fourth tier.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion.

Fleetwood have lost each of their last five away league games scoring just a single goal in the process – the Fishermen last went on a longer run of consecutive defeat away from home in October 2014 (run of six).

Fleetwood’s Ashley Hunter has either scored (three) or assisted (one) in each of his four league appearances against Bristol Rovers, scoring in all three of his starts against the Pirates.

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