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Bristol Rovers v Posh: Match Preview

28 October 2016

Posh head to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday to face Bristol Rovers.

Peterborough United make the trip to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) searching for the consistency that has dogged the campaign so far.

Posh followed the victory over Northampton Town with a home reverse to AFC Wimbledon, but remain just three points from the play-off positions ahead of the clash with the Pirates.

"We know where we are, we are three points from the play-offs and we are in a position where we can go from strength to strength with players coming back from injury.

"We have had Lee Angol training with us this week, he is very close as is Brad Inman. I was watching the Bury game on the TV the other day and the commentators kept mentioning the fact Tom Pope was missing due to injury and nobody really mentions that we have been without Lee, Brad and Jermaine Anderson for the whole season.

"We don't want to lose games, but in the previous four games, we have picked up six points and we are building on that. We need to make sure that when we win a game, we make sure we do not get beat in the following fixture, try and build a bit of momentum with small steps.

"That next step is at Bristol Rovers. They are a good side, it will be a tricky test because they have a good fan base and I am sure the game will be played at a decent tempo. We are looking forward to it," McCann said.

McCann confirmed that it is 'touch and go' whether Shaquile Coulthirst and Michael Bostwick will be declared fit enough to be involved. Coulthirst has been struggling with a hamstring injury while Bostwick has a calf injury.

"Both those players are aggressive, we missed that aggression when they didn't feature. We will see how they are ahead of the game."

The Pirates have adapted to life in League One well and have chalked up some notable results in recent weeks, including the 3-3 draw at MK Dons when they were 3-1 down with three minutes to play.

Striker Matt Taylor scored a hat-trick that day and is one of the key men for the Pirates. The experience of Chris Lines in midfield could also be key this term.

Posh have sold just under 300 tickets in advance for the clash. Tickets are on sale until 3pm on Friday. The game is not all-ticket.


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