Trollope: We have no fears about trip to Carrow Road
PUBLISHED: 13:50 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:34 10 September 2010
Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope says they do not fear their trip to Carrow Road tomorrow - after enjoying the club's best start for 25 years. Rovers are in third place in League One after a 3-2 victory at Southampton, witnessed by 2,800 travelling fans on Tuesday night.
Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope says they do not fear their trip to Carrow Road tomorrow - after enjoying the club's best start for 25 years.
Rovers are in third place in League One after a 3-2 victory at Southampton, witnessed by 2,800 travelling fans on Tuesday night.
More than 1,000 will make the trip to Norwich and Trollope is determined not to disappoint them.
He said: "We have no fear going into the Norwich game, and when you are winning matches that's always the case.
"Norwich will provide a similar test to the one we had at Southampton in terms of the ground and the history of the club.
"They have picked up in recent weeks under a new manager so it's a similar challenge.
"It didn't quite happen there for Bryan Gunn for one reason or another, but it's a big club with some quality players and in Paul Lambert they have a good manager at this level who did well with Colchester.
"We know the challenge that is in front of us and that it will be a tough game. Grant Holt is a threat and Wes Hoolahan is on fire at the moment and producing some very good displays.
"But if we can reproduce the level we have been reaching we are confident we can go there and win."
Trollope is expected to name the same eleven that started the Southampton game, though Andy Williams is pushing hard for inclusion after his superb stoppage-time winner.
There are also concerns over whether central defender Danny Coles can play three times in a week as he continues his recovery from two knee operations.
Trollope believes there is one very good reason for Rovers' success so far.
"We've had a competitive edge about us that maybe we've lacked in previous starts. There's a collective desire to do well and the players we have signed have added quality to the group," he said.
"I think it has been taken for granted a little bit, but some of the football we've produced has been of the highest quality - maybe better than this division.
"If we can keep producing that then more often than not we are going to do well.
"To win late on in front of great travelling support is always a fantastic thing and I think Tuesday's win at Southampton will go a long way to adding to the spirit of the group.
"You could tell from the way the people on our bench wanted to join in the celebrations how much it meant to the group as a whole and confidence is now very high."