Bristol Rovers v Crewe preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 4:25

Bristol Rovers welcome back Cian Bolger and Mustapha Carayol on New Year’s Eve.

Defender Bolger and midfielder Carayol served one-match bans in the 3-2 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day but are available again to manager Paul Buckle.

Experienced centre-back Adam Virgo has been ruled out for the season with knee ligament damage while midfielder Wayne Brown (ankle) could also be unavailable for the rest of the term.

Veteran forward Scott McGleish returned from an ankle injury to come off the bench in the loss to Argyle and the former Leyton Orient frontman will be pushing Eliot Richards and Matt Harrold for a striking berth.

Rovers have taken just five points from the last 27 available, leading some sections of the Pirates’ supporters to call for Buckle to be sacked.

Meanwhile, Ashley Westwood is pushing for a recall to the Crewe starting line-up.

Midfielder Westwood lost his place after being dismissed in the FA Cup encounter against Colchester, with loanee Jamie Lowry impressing during his subsequent three-match suspension.

The 21-year-old has only made substitute appearances in the draw with Crawley as well as the 3-0 loss at Bradford, and now Alex manager Steve Davis has hinted Westwood justifies a return to his starting XI.

“I thought he came off the bench at Bradford and got hold of the ball for us and passed it better,” Davis told the club’s official website. “He got a grip on the game a bit and the chances we created came from that.

“He also offers us better quality at set-plays and corners and of course he can take a penalty.”

Joint-top scorer Shaun Miller will serve the second game of a three-match ban for a straight red card against Crawley, while young left-back Andy White is Davis’ only injury concern.

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