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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
03:07 16th July 2012

Bristol Rovers go into tomorrow’s game with 60 points still very much the aim. Rovers could secure a top half finish with victory at Plainmoor, but it will be a tough game with opponents Torquay still not sure of Football League survival. Manager John Ward says his team owe it to the other teams in the division and the travelling army of Gasheads to play the best football they can.

THE OPPOSITION: Torquay currently sit in 18th position in the table, knowing that a point against Bristol Rovers on Saturday will be enough to secure their league status. After an up and down season, which saw them lose all seven games in February, the Gulls have picked up form at the death, winning their last two matches. A 3-2 home victory against Barnet on April 16th was followed by a 2-0 away win at Morecombe, as the seasiders fought to keep above the relegation zone. To find our exactly what needs to happen for Torquay to stay in the league, click here

HOME VIEW: Manager John Ward said ahead of the game: “There are five or six that could still be relegated and Torquay are one of them. We have been through all that and fortunately for us we got ours sorted out early.

“We expect a tough game, with a big following from the home crowd, but also a big following from us, it is a proper game and we have to be right.

“Hopefully my players can free up and play and enjoy it, but we have to give a good account of ourselves.

“Judging from the performance last Saturday against Accrington, perhaps one or two of the younger boys have found the last little bit hard going.

“We have got to do as best as we can at Torquay – there are a lot of other football clubs relying on us.

“We did the best could against Accrington but I think it was a stage two far for one or two of the younger guys.

“Hopefully we can pick up the energy this weekend and give a good account of ourselves; one because we have to it is our job, and the other things is we have sold 1,500 away tickets and they do not want to waste the money on a journey.

“I will be rallying the troops for one last big effort and hope we can finish on a high.”

OPPOSITION VIEW: Manager Alan Knill told www.torquayunited.com: ’You can’t play it down or play it up. It is what it is and a game where you have to go in feeling positive.

‘’If you go in looking for a point, that situation often backfires. We’ve said to the players that we think we can win and Bristol Rovers are probably saying the same, so we prepare for them to be at their best and I know that we will be as well. Even if we were safe, we would still want to win the game and the mindset doesn’t change.

‘’It’s about working hard and if you have a work ethic, it gives you an unbelievable chance. That has been the most important part and everybody is working for everybody else.’’

DANGER MAN: Former Gas player Rene Howe has scored 16 goals for the Gulls this season. Howe made his name as a youngster in non-League football with his local club, Bedford Town.
He moved to Kettering Town in the Conference North and a prolific first season with the Poppies resulted in a move to Peterborough United.
From there he went on loan to a number of clubs over a three year period, the last of which was Rovers.
After being released by Peterborough in the summer of 2011, Howe joined Torquay as a replacement for Chris Zebroksi.

LAST MEETING: When the two sides met at the Memorial Stadium back in October, Rovers won 3-2, with goals coming from Tom Eaves (2) and Matt Lund. The last match at Plainmoor ended in a 2-2 draw, with Matt Harrold and Chris Zebroski getting on the score sheet. 

TICKETS: This game is all ticket for away fans, and the tickets have all sold out. As the away end at Plainmoor has now completely sold out, there will be no further tickets available to away fans, so please don't travel without a ticket.

GROUND GUIDE: For a look at the home of our opponents, click here.

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