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Bristol Rovers defender Danny Coles hails strike force

Danny Coles
Coles joined Bristol Rovers from Hull in January 2008

Bristol Rovers defender Danny Coles says the forward line at the club is as good as when Rickie Lambert was there.

Rovers sold Lambert to Southampton last year for over £1m and Cole's side host the south coast club on Saturday.

"We've got some good strikers here, possibly Championship strikers who can fill his[Lambert's] boots easily," Coles told BBC Radio Bristol.

"He will obviously get a good reception as he did fantastically well when he was here."

He added: "But we're not going to talk about Rickie Lambert any more as, although he's class player, that's in the past.

"We need to move on as club and as a team and we've got some very, very good strikers here."

Boss Paul Trollope signed Will Hoskins from Watford in the close season, to partner Joe Kuffour up front.

Ex-Hornet Hoskins is the third striker that Trollope has brought to the club in the last 12 months in an attempt replace Lambert who scored 29 goals in his final season at Rovers.

We're not going to panic and get someone in that isn't right and won't make the squad better

Paul Trollope

Chris Dickson arrived on-loan in September last year from Charlton and stayed for just four months scoring four goals in 14 appearances.

Paul Heffernan was signed in February from Doncaster, also on-loan, and found the net four times in 11 matches.

Rovers' efforts to sign Heffernan permanently were thwarted at the last minute by Sheffield Wednesday who snapped up the Northern Irishman.

And although fans are calling for yet more strike power, Trollope will not be rushed into a signing before the transfer deadline on 31 August.

"We're hopeful of getting one in before Tuesday but if not the emergency loan window opens seven days later, " he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"We're not going to panic and get someone in that isn't right and won't make the squad better."



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