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Preview: Bristol Rovers

20 November 2015

A look ahead to Saturday's game against Rovers

The Reds welcome Bristol Rovers to the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League Two, kick off 3pm
 

MATCH OFFICIALS

 Trevor KettleReferee:

Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and Matt Foley

Fourth Official: Mark Mellor

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TEAM NEWS

Lanre Oyebanjo (knee) and Joe McNerney (knee) are missing for the Reds. Josh Yorwerth returns from his international spell with Wales under-21s.

Rovers' only absentee is goalkeeper Will Puddy, who is set to be out for an extended period. Welsh under-21s Ellis Harrison and Tom Lockyer return from international duty for the Gas.


THE FORM GUIDE                

The Reds are unbeaten in their last three league games and still sit 16th in the Sky Bet League Two table. We come into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw against Exeter, which saw Luke Rooney score a fantastic stoppage-time equaliser to claim a point at St James Park.

Bristol Rovers, who were promoted via the Conference Play-Off Final last year, currently sit eighth in the league and have won their last two league games. They have won six times on the road already this season.


VIEW FROM THE BENCH

: "Mark YatesThey were unlucky to be relegated, but they bounced back quickly, which is vital because if you stay down there for too long then you might struggle to find your way back into the Football League. Fair play to Darrell (Clarke) and his squad, not just for promotion but for getting up the table as well because they've done a great job so far this season."   


WE’VE MET BEFORE?

In our first season in the Football League in 2011-12, we beat Rovers 4-1 at home thanks to goals from Tyrone Barnett (2), Matt Tubbs and Ben Smith while the visit to the Memorial Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw.

Two years ago the teams met in the FA Cup. After a goalless draw at Rovers, in John Gregory's first game in charge, the replay was abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch at 0-0. When the game was re-staged Rovers won 2-1 to reach the third round.


SKY BET LEAGUE TWO FIXTURES (Saturday 3pm unless stated)

Cambridge Utd v Accrington Stanley

Notts County v Northampton Town

Mansfield v Hartlepool United

Stevenage v Luton Town

Plymouth v Exeter City

Carlisle Utd v Portsmouth

Leyton Orient v York City

Barnet v Morecambe

Newport County v Yeovil Town

Dagenham & Redbridge v Oxford United

AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers


FANCY A FLUTTER?

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TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available and there is cash turnstiles for home and away fans. For more information click here


COME ON YOU REDS!


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