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Waddock returns to Rovers in search of vital points

BLUES boss Gary Waddock will feel at home when he leads his side out at Bristol Rovers this weekend – a club he skippered for two years as a player.

BLUES boss Gary Waddock will feel at home when he leads his side out at Bristol Rovers this weekend – a club he skippered for two years as a player.

Waddock played 71 times for the Pirates between 1992-1994 scoring one goal and will take his Wycombe Wanderers side to the Memorial Stadium sitting 23 rd in League One and eight points from safety.

It will a tough task for Blues against a Rovers side who sit ninth in the table and marching towards the play-off under the tutelage of Paul Trollope as boss and the veteran Lenny Lawrence as director of football.

“I had two really good years down at Bristol,” said Waddock. “It is a really well run club and it was a great place to play football.

“It will be a very tough game. They have the play-off in their sights and have a great manager. They also have the added bonus of having the weatlh of knowledge of Lenny Lawrence to tap into when needed.

“It seems to be a combination that is working for them. But we are playing well at the moment without getting the results we deserve.”

That is a major understatement and source of great frustration for Waddock who has watched his side play well against Norwich, Leeds, Charlton, and Southend but only have two draws to show for it.

With the sides around them failing to pull away as they played one of their games in hand in midweek, the Blues chief knows that a mini-run would pull them right into the mix.

“If we keep performing the way we are then we will get results. We just have to take our chances when we get them and keep up that consistency.

“Teams down at the end of the table don't normally put a string of good results together so we know that if we can do that in the next month or so then we can really claw our way back into contention.

“There are a lot of games left and a lot of points to play for and our belief is still strong that we can get out of trouble.”

Wanderers will be without top scorer Jon-Paul Pittman (groin) but new-signing Alex Revell looks set to make his debut for the club.

 

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