After not winning our last two games, in a frustrating manner, we head to promotion favorites, Portsmouth, for our latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.
After last weeks game, it’s hard to predict what changes Ferguson may take, because at times we seemed to have lacked energy, especially after the game changing penalty miss by Tommy Rowe.
Injury wise, I don’t think they’ll be any changes, because Niall Mason and Craig Alcock are only in the early stages of their rehabilitation.
I think Alcock is something we’re missing right now, because we are conceeding a few too many goals for my liking, so I’m very exciting to see a defence with him in it.
Also, I think we could do with the likes of Gary McSheffrey, because I feel towards the end of these two big games that we’ve already played (against Luton and Carlisle), we’ve lacked energy going forward, and I feel that if McSheffrey was fit, he would of added that big of extra pace going forward, that we may have needed.
One thing is for sure however, and that is that we need to win this game, because we haven’t won in our two previous games, and they have both been our toughest tests yet, so I think a win at Pompey on Saturday will send a massive statement out to league two.
Rovers will face their former three players for the first time on Saturday with: Enda Stevens, Kyle Bennett and Curtis Main now all playing their football. I would’ve thought Stevens and Bennett will start, but Main is mainly being used as in impact player, and has managed to net just two goals in league two from ten games.
Portsmouth biggest goal threat, however, comes from midfield, in the form of Gary Roberts, who is their top goal scorer, scoring six goals in ten games.
The last time that we faced Pompey was in March 2013 at home where we drew 1-1 with Chris Brown giving us the lead early in the first half.
We have a lot more luck against them too, because we have won 10 out of 16 games against Pompey, but most of them haven’t been comfortable wins, because we’ve won games by 4-3 or 3-2, and I don’t think anything will change this Saturday either, I can see it being a really tight game.
Predicted lineup v Portsmouth
Marosi; Blair, Wright, Butler, Evina; Houghton, Middleton, Rowe, Coppinger; Marquis and Williams.