After a 2-1 loss to fellow league newcomers Forest Green Rovers, Joey Barton instructed five players to leave the club and made a change to his formation and playing system against Burton Albion.
It worked a treat as they scored four first-half goals without reply with Aaron Collins twice on target, along with Antony Evans and James Connolly.
Rovers now have a first round Carabao Cup clash to look forward to as they travel to Sussex to face big-spending Crawley after their new ownership.
The Red Devils haven’t had the desired start and sit at the bottom of the Football League after back-to-back defeats, but with changes expected from both sides, this is hard to predict though Rovers will be the favourites.
Head-to-head, Rovers have come out on top in the 11 meetings, winning six times to Crawley's two with four of those wins coming in the last four meetings, whilst there have also been two draws.
When is Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers?
The first round tie between Crawley Town vs Bristol Rovers will take place, Tuesday, August 9. Kick-off at Broadfield Stadium is at 7:45 pm. The referee for the fixture will be David Rock and he will be assisted by Garry Maskell and Nicholas Dunn.
Is the game being shown on TV?
Bristol Rovers’ away fixture against Crawley Town this Tuesday will not be televised. Despite it being a midweek fixture and an EFL competition, the iFollow streaming service is not in full effect.
Is there another way to follow Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers?
An iFollow audio pass is still available to buy on iFollow Gas. It will consist of BBC Radio Bristol’s coverage, which usually features former media officer Keith Brookman.
Goals are also likely to be shown on Soccer Special which will show the goals as they go in.
What is the latest team news?
It’s a relatively small squad for Joey Barton to be working with so don’t expect many changes to be made, though players like Aaron Collins, Antony Evans and James Connolly could be afforded rests to risk avoiding injury.
Starts could be given to the likes of Alfie Kilgour, Harvey Saunders, as well as academy youngsters Jerry Lawrence and Ryan Jones.
Jordan Rossiter and Josh Grant are to miss out through injury whilst wantaway trio Alex Rodman, Trevor Clarke and Zain Westbrooke are unlikely to be included in the match day squad.
Mazeed Ogungbo could be handed his first start for Crawley after joining on a season-long loan from Arsenal, where manager Kevin Betsy once held a role. Dominic Telford, a former loanee at the Memorial Stadium could start to give them a chance of progressing.
“We will change some things for the Bristol Rovers game next week,’ said the Crawley boss to SussexWorld.
“It’s a tough fixture of games and we need to manage the load. It’s going to be a game that gives players an opportunity to shine. Give them a chance to show why they should be in the side. It’s a good game, a cup game so let’s look forward to it.”