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Darren Ferguson believes Rovers need a quick start to get a positive result against Portsmouth this weekend.

The Scotsman is expecting a very hard game following the long journey down south on Saturday,

"It's a long trip and it's a tough game - any club who plays Portsmouth in their own backyard know they're in for a game they have a very good crowd and excellent support so it will be a good atmosphere, but I think that will help us.

"It's going to be a hard game against a very experienced manager who always has his teams organised.

"If I was a player I wouldn't be able to wait to play in that sort of arena and the way we play and start the game can play a part in getting a result.

After losing all three senior center-backs to injury, Darren Ferguson is set to welcome new defenders Andy Boyle and Tom Anderson to the squad, who both joined in the latter moments of the transfer window.

The Rovers boss confirmed that both Alex Kiwomya and Luke McCullough will be in the 18-man squad this Saturday after sitting out the season so far on the sidelines.

Pompey has the fifth best home record in the league, earning 29 points over 15 games at Fratton Park. There aren't a lot of goals conceded or scored either, as 40% of final results at Fratton Park is 1-0 wins or loses.

The last time Rovers visited Pompey, it finished 2-1 in League Two and Rovers won the reverse fixture this season by the same scoreline. Overall, since 1947 Rovers have won only 6 games against Portsmouth from a possible 19.

Portsmouth will be without former Rovers players Milan Lalkovic and Kyle Bennett, as the duo both left the club by mutual consent on Wednesday evening.
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