Bristol R v Chesterfield preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield at the Memorial Stadium.

Last Updated: 09/11/12 at 13:51   

Norburn: Suspended for Rovers

Norburn: Suspended for Rovers

Bristol Rovers will be without Oliver Norburn after the midfielder saw red in the 3-2 defeat to Southend on Tuesday.

But Tom Eaves (knee) and Matthew Lund (Achilles) are expected to be passed fit despite both sitting out training on Thursday.

One player who was passed fit to be in the squad on Tuesday was Danny Woodards, on the bench for the first time since the former MK Dons man broke his leg on the final day of last season.

But that defeat to Southend at the Memorial means there is only one point separating his side from the bottom of the table, but McGhee is keen to make sure his side does not panic.

He told Rovers' official website: "You cannot get desperate, because if you get desperate you make bad decisions. We have to stay calm. We want to get wins and get up the league, we want to give the fans something to be positive about."

New loan signing Ben Dickenson will go straight into the Chesterfield squad on Saturday.

The teenager, who can play on either wing or through the middle as a striker, will start on the bench with manager Paul Cook set to name an unchanged team at the Memorial Stadium. The Spireites made it three consecutive clean sheets on the road with a 0-0 draw at Bradford on Tuesday night. Despite not creating a great number of chances in West Yorkshire, Cook is keeping faith with his players.

"We'll line up the same again on Saturday, I think the lads have certainly earned that right," he said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.

"For the likes of Scott Boden, Rands [Mark Randall] and [Danny] Whitaker, they certainly worked hard enough on Tuesday night. It wasn't a game where they could influence it greatly and the easiest thing to do would be to say to them, 'Oh you haven't played well. But their performance last Saturday [in the 6-1 FA Cup win over Hartlepool] at home has given them the right to play again."

The Rovers game will come too quickly for goalkeeper Tommy Lee (shoulder) and defender Liam Cooper, who has a knock, but the pair should be ready for action when Oxford visit the Proact Stadium on November 17.

Cook also confirmed that there is positive news on strikers Luis Boa Morte (groin) and Marc Richards (hamstring) who, again, will not make Saturday but are "improving" and are not too far away. Midfielder Mark Allott (hamstring) remains a couple of weeks away, though.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  
Plymouth v AFC W'don  
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Cardiff held, Swans win late

Cardiff's hopes of Premier League survival suffered a blow as they drew 1-1 with Stoke, while Swansea grabbed a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Premier League: Tim Sherwood discusses Sandro snub and his future as Tottenham boss

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood insisted he had "no problem" with Sandro despite dropping him for Saturday's win over Fulham.

Roberto Martinez says Manchester United will be title challengers again next season

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects Manchester United to be Premier League title challengers again next season.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property