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Bristol Rovers boss: We won't roll over against Leeds United

PAUL TROLLOPE says there’s no way Bristol Rovers will roll over at Elland Road tomorrow.

PAUL TROLLOPE says there’s no way Bristol Rovers will roll over at Elland Road tomorrow.

Victory for Leeds would seal automatic promotion for Simon Grayson’s side, and leave Millwall, Swindon, Charlton and Town fighting it out in the play-offs.

Rovers are already sure of a top-half finish in League I, and boss Trollope, a former Fulham teammate of Town manager Lee Clark, has fielded some youngsters in recent games.

But experienced defender Danny Coles will return from suspension at Leeds, and take his place in as strong a line-up as Bristol can muster.

"It’s certainly not going to be a day to play the youngsters," said Trollope.

"Some of them have been in the side over the last few weeks and acquitted themselves well but this is a game for experienced players.

"We’ve had to play people out of position in recent games but having Danny available means we have more options.

"That might allow us to put people back in their rightful positions.

"To be fair to the clubs who are in the play-offs, we need to go there with as strong a team as we can put out.

"We’re certainly going to need to perform to a good level and we’ll need to be motivated and prepared. We’ll be training as though we’re preparing for a play-off final.

"Our focus is on finishing ninth because we’ve been in the top 10 all year and we feel we deserve it.

"It would be nice to finish with a good performance and a win to stay in that position – and beat our points total from last season at the same time."

Leeds, desperate to end a three-year stay in League I, expect the attendance to top 38,000.

And Trollope added: "It’s a fantastic final fixture for us.

"It’s brought a real buzz to the place, the prospect of playing in front of a full house up there.

"We’ll go as underdogs but we don't mind that tag. We’ll be trying to cause an upset.

"Leeds will be pleased to be at home and everyone will have them down as massive favourites.

"They’ll be confident of beating us but there will be pressure on them because they know the play-offs can be a lottery."

 

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