ADVER Sport spoke to the Bristol Post’s Sam Frost to discuss all things Bristol Rovers and find out what Town can likely expect this afternoon.

Paul Tisdale has been appointed after the sacking of Ben Garner – what effect will the new manager have on the club/team?

Ben Garner had plenty of good ideas for Bristol Rovers and assembled an exciting young squad, but he never delivered consistent results and Paul Tisdale will bring more experience in grinding out points.

He also aligns with the club’s aims in the long run to develop players from within.

Tisdale will want to develop an attractive playing style in time, but he also appears to have the necessary pragmatism Rovers need to build some momentum first.

Why have Rovers started the season so poorly? Was it all down to the previous manager?

Garner needed to start fast after winning just two games between Christmas and lockdown, and he was backed in the summer to overhaul the squad with 15 new signings.

There was some improvement in early October, but familiar failings remerged a few weeks ago and the board believed they not seen any lasting progress.

They have quite a young team and have made mistakes defensively, as well as struggling to create chances going forward – averaging the lowest shots per game in League One.

Garner is not solely responsible, of course, his players have to shoulder some of the blame. But they will benefit from having a manager with more experience of grinding out results while also trying to play a decent brand of football.

Who are Rovers’ dangermen?

Brandon Hanlan has all the makings of a quality number nine at this level. His finishing was the main concern, because he is too strong and fast for most defenders in League One, but he is improving in front of goal. He has five for the season in a team which doesn’t create an awful lot, and most of those goals he has conjured himself.

Erhun Oztumer should play behind Hanlan on Saturday, and Rovers have a serious player on their hands if he can recover his form of a couple of seasons ago.

Watch out for the wing-backs, too. Josh Hare has great quality of delivery on the right, and Ali Koiki and David Tutonda are exciting options for the left side.

Where do the team’s weaknesses lie?

Chance creation has been a huge concern, with Rovers averaging 8.5 shots per game – the worst in League One.

They have also struggled defensively from set-pieces and the back three has not looked solid in recent weeks.

How will Rovers set up and what’s their game plan likely to be?

It is difficult to say because Tisdale may decide to rip up the template, but the club’s summer recruitment was tailored towards playing a back three.

I think it is likely they will play a 3-5-2 and look to mix it up between a possession-based style and direct service for Hanlan when required.

Score prediction?

A new manager bounce and a 2-1 win for Rovers.