Rovers look to make it back-t0-back wins as they visit Crawley Town this Saturday. 

Although he was expected to possibly be available, Liam Mandeville has been ruled out until at least the Cheltenham game next week.

Luke McCullough will start training next week after being ruled out for the season during summer last year, which means he could be back into the team by April.

Ferguson has praised John Marquis for reaching 20 goals this season against Cambridge by saying that he’s, “the best I have worked with” along with the likes of Gayle and Assombalonga. He’s also urged for Rovers “to put their foot on the gas”, so we keep winning games, but only take each game as it comes and try not to look into the future.

Head-to-heads

Crawley have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 2 from their last 8 games leaving them a decent home record considering they sit 16th in the league.

It’s fair to say as John Marquis reaches 20 goals for this campaign – making him the first Rovers player to in 40 years – that Rovers are going to be the team who threaten to score the most goals with 66 goals already scored this season compared to Crawley’s 41 goals, 20 of which have come at their home ground.

Players to watch

Crawley striker, James Collins, is their top scorers and is going to be Ian Lawlor’s biggest threat, as he looks to join Marquis in the 20’s club as he currently sits with 18 goals in total this season, 16 coming in the league.

Their midfielder, Jimmy Smith, is their second top goal scorer with 6 goals in the league this season – he’s also had the most assists for Crawley by getting 5 assists too.

Previous encounters

Crawley last faced Rovers on the second game of the season, which ended in an infuriating 1-1 draw, due to Rovers not being able to take chances.

Last time visiting the Checkatrade.com Stadium, Rovers were 5-0 victors with goals from: Andy Butler, Richie Wellens, Nathan Tyson, Harry Forester and Curtis Main – safe to say somethings have changed since that game in February 2015.

Predicted lineup v Crawley Town

Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.

 

 

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