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24 September 2015

Boss looks ahead to Rovers clash

Pompey have enjoyed a successful start to the current League Two campaign.

They are unbeaten after eight games ahead of this weekend’s clash with Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers.

But Paul Cook admits that it is difficult to know what his side are going to come up against each week.

And he has praised his players for being able to cope with the various tactics employed by their opponents.

The Blues boss said: “There doesn’t seem to be any consistency to any game we’ve played this season.

“That can be tough for a manager because you never know what the next match is going to bring.

“We’re coming up against a lot of different formations and tactics – as well as good players.

“But our players keep finding a way to get out of trouble and they deserve plenty of credit for being able to do that.”

Rovers were promoted last season after winning the Conference Premier play-offs.

They currently sit 15th after claiming just a single point from their last four matches, but Cook is still anticipating a tough contest.

He said: “They’re a really good side and Darrell has done a fantastic job – it just shows what a bit of patience can do.

“He’s one of the bright young managers in the game at the moment and has recruited well.

“It will be a test for us and I think they could be one of the dark horses to do well in League Two this season.”

Loan signing Aaron McCarey will make his debut in goal for Pompey after Paul Jones joined Brian Murphy and Michael Poke on the injury list.

Cook said: “We’ve known about Aaron for quite a bit of time and we’re pleased to bring him into the side.

“Brian’s hoping to make the Cambridge away game, while Paul’s looking at a possible three months on the sidelines.

“That’s really disappointing for him because he’s worked hard, stayed patient and had an excellent game at Oxford – a lot of that point we got was down to his performance.”

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