Rovers team news v Wycombe

By Chris Barnes
Last updated : 26 November 2004
Ian Atkins must decide whether to ring the changes in an effort to halt his teams slide in form.

Defeats in the last seven days by 3-0 to Scunthorpe and 1-0 to Carlisle have raised several questions about the managers team selections and style of play.

John Anderson is still unavaliable through injury, although Atkins hopes to have Ali Gibb and Craig Disley fit.

The manager has to decide whether to play 4-4-2, 3-5-2 or 4-5-1 as he seems unable to pick a regular system and allow the players to get used to it.

It would be expected that a five man defence would consist of Ryan, Hinton, Elliott, Edwards and Burns, although Gibb could replace Hinton - who was shown to be completely inadaquate in the role by Peter Beagrie on Saturday.

Trollope, Hunt, Campbell, Lescott and Disley contest the midfield spots, with Campbell likely to play left wing should 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 be adopted.

Atkins has complained this week about the lack of a goalscoring partner for Junior Agogo in the press this week, with Forrester only scoring four times, Thorpe three times and Walker twice

The abscene of Forrester from the starting line-up on several occassions this season have restricted a striker who has proven to be prolific in this Division several times over.

On Saturday the former Northampton man received only his tenth start, but was totally devoid of any service to his feet, as Atkins seems unaware of any tactic other than long ball, a badly used tactic that contributed greatly to Scunthorpe's 3-0 win.

Rovers Squad: Miller (Gk) Hinton, Burns, Edwards, Elliott, Ryan (Defenders) Disley, Gibb, Lescott, Campbell, Hunt, Trollope (Midfielders) Agogo, Forrester, Thorpe, Walker, Haldane (Strikers)

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