PREVIEW: Burton Albion vs Bristol Rovers
BRISTOL Rovers defender Tom Parkes has already had to miss a game through suspension this season – but says he still won't be changing the way he plays the game.
Parkes was forced to miss the defeat against Cheltenham after picking up five yellow cards since the start of the campaign – and also received a three-game ban after getting sent off against Port Vale when on loan at the Memorial Stadium from Leicester City last season.
Vale boss Micky Adams, however, defended Parkes after the dismissal for a dangerous tackle on forward Chris Shuker when saying "the boy is not that type of player" and Parkes yesterday added: "I'm not a dirty player and I certainly don't want to get a reputation for being one.
"I have picked up five yellow cards, but a couple of the cautions were a bit harsh and I made a couple of silly mistakes.
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"Getting one for celebrating my goal at Plymouth was a bit needless, so I have to be a bit steadier at times.
"What I won't do, though, is change the way I play the game. If I have to do something to stop a goal that means I have to take a yellow card for the team, I'll do it."
Parkes returned from his suspension to re-ignite a burgeoning partnership with stand-in skipper Garry Kenneth at the heart of defence as Rovers claimed their first Memorial Stadium victory of the season by beating Northampton last weekend.
"It felt amazing to win at home for the first time," said Parkes. "We played really well, although we were disappointed to concede a goal towards the end.
"We've lost one game in the last five, so I hope everybody feels that we are kicking on now. We're progressing well and we're hoping for a further improvement at Burton on Saturday."
Parkes was part of the side that secured an impressive 7-1 success over Burton at the Memorial Stadium in the final weeks of last season.
Gary Rowett's side have since enjoyed an upturn in fortunes and have made an impressive start to this season. They start the day in seventh place after losing only three times in their 11 games, and Parkes said: "I don't think they'll be looking for revenge.
They'll just be trying to win the game to get three points. They are in good form, but if we go there with the right attitude we can win the game. Our confidence is very high at the moment and I feel that things are going well for us."
Parkes, meanwhile, says he is enjoying life in Bristol after completing a permanent move from Leicester City at the end of August.
"I've really enjoyed playing games every Saturday afternoon," he said.
"It was strange to leave Leicester after being there for so many years since I was a youngster, but I knew I was coming to a good club because I enjoyed my time here on loan last season."