Paul Buckle bemoans Bristol Rovers injury list

Paul Buckle
Rovers have won four, drawn three and lost four league games under Buckle

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Buckle believes injuries are badly hindering his team's progress this season.

The Pirates were promotion favourites at the start of the League Two campaign but currently sit 15th in the table with four wins from 11 games.

Buckle has yet to name the same starting XI in consecutive games.

"It's hard to take... when you are trying to build and get continuity with the players it's very difficult," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

I don't think I've stood here once without talking about injuries."

With problems spanning the whole field, Buckle has not been able to play his favoured attacking line of McGleish, Matt Harrold, Joe Anyinsah and Chris Zebroski - the combination which helped Rovers to 3-2 victories away at Morecambe and AFC Wimbledon.

"We managed to get a settled team at Morecambe, with the same front four that played at Wimbledon and we looked a very balanced team. But we lost Gill straight away and then McGleish and it makes it disjointed.

"This is the first time it's happened to me [in management], so that shows you how new I am, and it's tough to take. But it's something that we've got to try and overcome.

"Once we can get a full quota it really will help things."

Buckle has already brought in 15 new players on permanent deals since his appointment in May and but is now having to look for loan signings to cover for the various injuries.

"We've only for 13 or 14 outfield players. I've been working on it this week with the chairman to try and ease the pressure on the squad.

"If you look at all the teams this season who have added seven or eight people and they've struggled to hit the ground running.

"When you've got the number we've had to add it's difficult but we'll remain positive and it's something we have to overcome.

"The summer wasn't the only transitional period for us, this is on going. The transition will continue for a number of months."