Attention turns to the Carabao Cup tomorrow evening as Rovers prepare to take on Crawley Town at The Peoples Pension Stadium.
Rovers begin our 2022/23 League Cup campaign following our 4-0 victory over Burton Albion last Saturday in a game where Rovers scored four first-half goals to seal our first victory of the League One season.
Joey Barton spoke to club media following our victory over Burton Albion on Saturday. When asked if a break from league action will yield a host of changes to his starting XI for tomorrow's Carabao Cup clash against Crawley Town, the Rovers manager said he wished that was possible,
'I haven't got lots of changes to make! I wish I had them to make. You've seen that Whelo has come out of the coaching room and put a shift in, Sam Finley is probably a week away from where we want him to be but credit to Sam as he felt he had 60 minutes in him. We didn't know how the game was going to pan out, obviously, the way it went made it an easier 60 minutes for him.
'We're light for bodies. Couttsy, after the game on Tuesday, should be available for selection. I'm hoping to get Jordan Rossiter back soon as well as some reinforcements.'
Last Time Out
David Rock has been appointed for tomorrow's fixture in Sussex. Referee Rock last officiated a Rovers game in March this year in our 1-0 victory over Barrow at The Mem. In that tie, Rock sent off Barrow defender Niall Canavan. This season, Rock has officiated one game in across all competitions in Portsmouth's 0-0 draw against Lincoln City in the Sky Bet League One.
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