Bristol Rovers caretaker boss Darren Patterson has called on his players to show their fighting quality in their clash with Plymouth Argyle this evening.
Rovers have slipped into the League One relegation zone following their recent poor form and are 11/8 to get a win against Plymouth who are only two places and five points ahead of their hosts.
The Bristol side have been without a permanent manager since the sacking of Paul Trollope midway through December but Patterson has urged his side not to use that as an excuse and to show their true quality.
He said: “We need to roll our sleeves up and fight, scrap and work our socks off for one another.
“With the quality we’ve got, if we can do that, we’ve got a good chance of getting out of the situation we’re in.”
Plymouth have turned their fortunes around over the past month and have now gone four games without defeat in the league – winning two and drawing two.
However, with their fixture list ravaged by the weather, all of those games have been at home. The Pilgrims haven’t played away since their 1-0 defeat to Tranmere on November 13 and have not won away from Home Park since September.
Plymouth boss Peter Reid looks set to name the same side that drew 0-0 with Yeovil on Saturday and a similar outcome looks likely.
Backing the game to finish level at 12/5 looks like a very tempting bet – especially with Rovers losing at home just three times this season.
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