PREVIEW: Plymouth vs Bristol Rovers
SKIPPER Matt Gill says that the Bristol Rovers players owe manager Mark McGhee and the supporters a performance at Plymouth Argyle tonight.
The Pirates are still without a win after five games of the season and are just one off the bottom of League Two following an underwhelming start to the campaign.
They visit another side struggling for form when they travel to Home Park this evening, but Gill, pictured, warned: "There are no easy away games in this league and we are expecting another tough test.
"We are two teams in a position where we are finding things a bit tough at the moment so it is a big game for both sets of players.
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"It might be a case of having to grind out a result. We need to show some character because we owe the manager and the fans a performance. We are all desperate to make it right and there is no problems with motivation around the place.
"It is still very early days of the season yet, but, of course, we are desperate to get that first win on the board.
"It is important, however, that we stay positive. Crewe and Swindon had poor starts last season and ended up both being promoted. A lot can change between now and the end of the season."
Rovers' latest outing ended in a disappointing 4-0 reverse at Gillingham on Saturday, in which the players contrived to concede three early goals to render the game as a contest over by half-time.
"We have been the architects of our own downfall lately," said Gill. "It is always a battle away from home anyway, so you do yourselves no favours if you concede early goals.
"I think we are playing some good stuff between both boxes, but it is in both penalty areas where we are really struggling.
"We don't feel that we have been really dominated in any of the games and if we can just improve at both ends of the pitch the results will come.
"We need a platform to build from because we're not giving ourselves that at the minute. A win or even a point at Plymouth would be something that could help us turn things around over the next few weeks."
Rovers, meanwhile, suffered a further setback after striker Matt Harrold hobbled off with a knee problem at Priestfield to add to a mounting injury list that has also claimed Cian Bolger (knee), Danny Woodards (broken leg) and goalkeeper Scott Bevan (wrist).
"Injuries are a fact of life in football and you have to find ways to overcome them," Gill said. "It is important that we all pull together now and try to put things right. We're disappointed when we lose games but we have to move on quickly and concentrate on the next one.
"We're in a difficult position at the minute and handling that is harder for some of the young boys who may not have been through it before.
"We have a few experienced heads around though, and we need to help those younger lads through it."