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Match Preview: Charlton Athletic v Rovers

23 November 2018

No time to dwell for Darrell Clarke's men following Wednesday night's disappointment, as they return to league action

It was a hard one to swallow for Rovers in midweek as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnet at the Mem in their first-round replay, four days after losing to the same scoreline at home to Scunthorpe United.

Goals have been the problem for the Gas and despite having 35 shots in their last two games, they have only netted twice; the silver lining in a bleak week for the boys in blue and white was Tom Nichols breaking his goalscoring duck on Wednesday.

Positivity can be taken from the sheer dominance of Rovers against Scunthorpe United and Barnet, who only managed a combined seven shots on target, four of which ended up in the back of the net - that tells you much of the current story at BS7.

More optimism can also be shed from the last league away day, an excellent 3-0 win at Blackpool thanks to goals from Ollie Clarke (2) and Tony Craig.

A win at The Valley on Saturday could lift Rovers from an uncomfortable 21st position up to a, slightly less, uncomfortable 18th and onto 20 points, other results pending.

The Gaffer's View: Darrell Clarke touched on some key topics in his pre-match presser, after a difficult week for the club.

The Skipper's View: Tom Lockyer returned from international duty just 24 hours after making his first start to Wales and spoke to the press this morning shortly before setting off for London with the squad.

Opposition: Charlton are exactly where they finished last season, in sixth place. In their last five league games they've picked up 10 points, only losing to Rochdale at the end of October, however their last three fixtures have all been cup action. Following a 1-1 FA Cup draw at Mansfield they took their League Two opponents back to The Valley nine days later where they made no mistake on the second time of asking, putting five past the Stags and keeping a clean sheet. In between that they lost 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy to Rovers' knockout opponents Swansea City Under-21s. Defensively the Addicks have been very sound of late, shipping just four goals in their last nine games in all competitions.

Last Time We Met: Back in April this year, the promotion-chasing Addicks came to the Mem hoping to firm up their spot in play-offs under the guidance of recently appointed Caretaker boss Lee Bowyer, but didn't get off to the ideal start. Kyle Bennett capitalised on a slack back pass to prod home past Ben Amos just past the 20-minute mark, but Ben Reeves equalised for the visitors on the stroke of half-time to ensure the afternoon's shares were spoiled.

Tickets: Advanced ticket for this fixture are now unavailable, however fans can purchase on the day at the ground from 1pm at an increased price - more details below.

Keeping Up With The Game: As usual, we will have updates throughout the game on social media. If you can't make it to London on Saturday, supporters based abroad will be able to watch the game on iFollow. For more information about iFollow - please click HERE.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Charlton Athletic 3 - 1 Rovers

24 November 2018

Rovers lost out at The Valley on Saturday afternoon, despite a spirited performance against 6th placed Charlton Athletic.

Much if not all of the action was packed into the first half, with Charlton racing into an early lead thanks to Jamie Ward's lobbed effort.

However Rovers fought back through Joe Martin's stunning strike - his first for the club, but the hosts restored their lead on the stroke of half-time through Joe Aribo.

The visitors pressed in the second-half for another goal and had plenty of posession, but were killed off in stoppage time when Karlan Grant capitalised on Jack Bonham going up for a corner to notch an easy finish and seal the result.

Going into the game, Darrell Clarke made five changes to the side that hosted Barnet on Wednesday night.

Jack Bonham returned between the sticks, as did Tom Lockyer in the heart of the defence following his time away on international duty.

Daniel Leadbitter also came back in with Joe Martin on the opposite defensive flank and Stefan Payne joined Tom Nichols in attack.

The hosts had an early half-chance from the game's first corner when Jason Pearce ghosted in at the nearpost but sent his side-footed volley well over the crossbar.

A few minutes later and Charlton should really have taken the lead but failed to do so through great keeping by Bonham yet perhaps slack finishing.

Nicky Ajose got beyond Leadbitter down the left and played an inviting cut-back for George Lapslie who had the goal at his mercy, but his strike was central and smothered really well by Rovers' stopper.

The goal did come however moments later when Jamie Ward got in behind off the back of Jed Steer's long ball and cooly looped the ball over the onrushing Bonham to give The Addicks a 1-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Rovers' first real passage of promise came after 25 minutes, firstly when Payne got free down the right side and fired a dangerous ball across the face of goal that, had Nichols maybe been a shoe size or two bigger, would have ended up in the back of the net.

Liam Sercombe recycled the ball out on the left and found Ollie Clarke in the middle, he turned his man and onto his left foot and looked to curl the ball into the top corner but was just wide of the target.

The Gas' improvement in the final third soon paid dividends as the unlikely source of Martin drew the game level and did so in some style.

Sercombe broke with the ball through the centre and had options left and right, one of whom was the overlapping Martin who had the ball fed into his path and rifled an absolute arrow beyond Steer and into the top corner to notch his first goal for the club.

D.Clarke's men had to weather a slight storm following their equaliser and managed to resist their hosts' advances and after doing so tried to make attacking tracks of their own.

First Sercombe lashed a dipping half-volley just wide before O.Clarke won possession high up and moved into the box before forcing a good save from Steer with a powerful strike.

The game was becoming really end to end and Charlton had a an opportunity to restore their lead when Karlan Grant found his strike partner Ajose free in the box with a smart pull back, but Ed Upson made an excellent recovery block to stifle the attempt.

The Addicks came close again a minute before the break,  when Ajose's 25-yard free-kick took a nick off the wall and left Bonham rooted to the turf, thankfully it bounced just wide of the post.

However shortly after Lee Bowyer's side did manage to find a second goal and go into the interval with the lead, as Ajose nodded a cross back across goal that was headed into the top corner by Joe Aribo, despite Bonham getting a hand to the ball.

There was little in the way of action in the opening stages of the second half, however Rovers did start it well as they strung together some nice moves and kept the ball well.

James Clarke had twice been threatened by the pace of Grant and twice did well to stifle him, using his body well to protect the ball and clear danger.

D.Clarke made his first change on 64 minutes, a double switch that saw Kyle Bennett and Alex Rodman introduced in place of Payne and O.Clarke.

Not long after the substitution Bennett was involved, as he controlled a high ball and teed up Sercombe on the edge of the box, who struck a sweetly-hit half-volley that either side of the keeper would have caused problems but was unfortunately straight at him.

With little over 15 minutes left on the clock, Rovers made their final change as Chris Lines came on in a straight swap for Upson.

Rovers kept knocking on the door in search of their second equaliser of the afternoon, even to the point where Bonham went up for a corner in stoppage time, however the price was paid for such a move.

Charlton cleared the ball and Grant raced beyond all the yellow shirts and more or less walked the ball into the net to seal the points for his side.

Rovers XI: Jack Bonham (GK), Daniel Leadbitter, James Clarke, Tom Lockyer (c), Tony Craig, Joe Martin, Ollie Clarke (Alex Rodman, 64'), Ed Upson (Chris Lines, 74'), Liam Sercombe, Stefan Payne (Kyle Bennett, 64'), Tom Nichols.

Subs: Adam Smith (GK), Joe Partington, Alex Jakubiak, Gavin Reilly.

Charlton XI: Jed Steer (GK), Anfernee Dijksteel, Kyrstian Bielik, Patrick Bauer, Jason Pearce, Jamie Ward (Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, 88'), Joe Aribo, Karlan Grant, Chris Solly, Nicky Ajose (Tarique Fosu, 11'), George Lapslie (Mark Marshall, 82').
Subs: Dillon Phillips (GK), Toby Stevenson, Naby Sarr,  Albie Morgan.

Attendance: 10,328 (693 away)

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Ticket News

Ticket Update: Charlton Athletic

19 November 2018

Tickets for our upcoming trip to Charlton Athletic are now on general sale.

Rovers head to the Valley on Saturday, 24th November - for a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets for this fixture are now on general sale.

Ticket prices for the game are listed below;

Adult £21
Over 65 £17
Under 21 £17
Student £12
Under 18 £10
Under 11 £5

Ambulant and wheelchair support pricing;

Ambulant Adult £18*
Ambulant over 65/Under 21 £15*
Ambulant Student £12*
Ambulant Under 18 £10*
Ambulant U11 £5*

Personal assistant free of charge.

Subject to availability, tickets will be sold to visiting supporters on the match day from the South Stand ticket office from 1pm. These will be cash only sales. Supporters should note that there will be an increased cost of £3 per adult & concession ticket when purchasing on the day of the game. 

Advance tickets for this fixture will be available up until 11am on Friday, 23rd November.

Tickets for the fixture will not be available online, with purchasing options for supporters being offered in store or by calling, 0117 9096648 (extension 1). 

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