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Match Previews

Match Preview: Hull City v Bristol Rovers

5 March 2021

Get the lowdown on this weekend's fixture against Hull City, with the Gas making the journey Humberside to take on the Tigers.

With Rovers in control against Burton in the early stages on Tuesday evening, it made the eventual defeat even more frustrating, with the Gas first going down to ten men before conceding in the second half.

Joey Barton has already seen a response from his side once after Rovers' late defeat to Wigan last week, and will be looking for similar against Hull City this weekend.

Manager's Preview...

Joey caught up with the media ahead of the weekend's game, check out his full press conference below...

Words from the opposition...

Ahead of the fixture, Hull City manager Grant McCann spoke to on what he expected from his side's Saturday meeting with Rovers...

"Consistency and momentum are important, but we know that there will be plenty of ups and downs for every team over the next few weeks. We just need to make sure we remain calm and we're looking forward to this Saturday."
"Joey Barton has gone in at Bristol Rovers and his teams always play with high energy. It will be a tough fixture and we need to focus on what we're about."

Form Guide...

Following relegation from the Championship last season, many predicted Hull to be up towards the summit of the 2020/21 League One table, and indeed they are, sitting 2nd at present. Lead by former-Peterborough and Doncaster manager Grant McCann, Hull have remained consistent in the league this season. They've taken 10 points from their last five games in the league, which included a 5-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic before meeting Doncaster Rovers and providing a hectic six-goal thriller, evenly split 3-3. A loss to Ipswich followed, but the Tigers reacted well to secure back to back wins with clean sheets afterwards, beating Wimbledon and Rochdale comfortably.

Referee Watch...

Sam Purkiss is the man in the middle on Saturday. In the 23 games he has officiated this season, there have been 54 yellow cards and 8 red cards. He officiated Rovers’ 2-0 home win over Northampton at the Mem back in October, giving out 5 yellow cards and sending off Joe Martin for two-yellow card offences for the Cobblers. Last season, he was In charge of our 3-0 defeat away at MK Dons on New Years’ Day.

Last Encounter...

The two sides met at the Mem back in October, where Hull claimed a 3-1 win. James Daly put Rovers ahead in the 2nd minute, as Rovers held the lead up until the hour mark. A triple change from Grant McCann sparked a recovery for Hull City, as all three substitutes went on to score. Keane Lewis-Potter levelled the scores before Regan Slater fired Hull into the lead in the 75th minute. Tom Eaves completed the scoring deep into stoppage time.


EFL sponsors Sky Bet have Rovers offered at 5/1 to claim the three points on Saturday. The 1-0 scoreline in favour of the Gas is priced at 14/1. A goalless draw can be backed at 11/1 or a 2-1 scoreline to Rovers is offered at 16/1.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE.

All odds are correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Around the grounds...

There are no proverbial 'six-pointers' this weekend towards the foot of the table, as none of the Gas' closest rivals face off against each other. Burton, Rovers' most recent opponents, host table-topping Peterborough United, while Swindon Town travel up to Accrington Stanley, who the Gas will host on Tuesday night next week. Elsewhere, Northampton welcome Portsmouth to town, and Wigan Athletic take on MK Dons at the DW Stadium. Of the other sides in the battle against relegation, AFC Rochdale hop on the bus and head to the North East, to take on Sunderland. AFC Wimbledon travel to the west coast, visting Blackpool.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Hull City 2-0 Bristol Rovers

6 March 2021

Rovers go home empty handed from the KCOM Stadium...

Two goals from Gavin Whyte either side of the break secured three points for Hull City today. His first came from the edge of the box, with Wilks pulling the ball back from the byline allowing Whyte the opportunity to side-foot a strike into the bottom right.

Following the break, Whyte found his second from another pullback, as Honeyman squared across the face of goal to Whyte who lurked 6 yards out, converting to make it 2-0.

Barton's selection for his side's trip to Yorkshire featured two changes from Tuesday's outing against Burton Albion. Joe Day passed concussion protocol to return in place of Jordi Van Stappershoef in net, while captain Max Ehmer would make his first start since returning from injury, coming in for the suspended Luke McCormick.

An interesting set-up from Barton became apparent in the early stages, as it looked as though Alex Rodman would take up a central position for the duration of the game, partnering Grant in the holding role. Ahead of them sat Zain Westbrooke, with Hanlan and Nicholson leading the line as a duo.

Hull City went close inside five minutes, with Kyle Magennis sending Joe Day scrambling to his left to cover a header which went just wide of the post in the end.

Rovers responded promptly though, surging up the other end with Westbrooke feeding Hanlan, who controlled and turned the ball out wide. There stood George Williams, who drove a low cross into the Hull box, it defected kindly for the home side though, allowing a defender to hook it clear.

From there the game descended into a scrappy affair for the next 10+ minutes, with neither side really working much time on the ball, each playing between their own thirds with both sides struggling to work through midfield.

A quick throw-in from Luke Leahy prompted a scramble in the Hull box as Hanlan took it down and looked to muscle his way deep into the area from the left flank. He was hassled by two defenders who half-poked it clear, with a deflection coming out to Grant who looked to strike first time, but saw a responsive Hull defender close to the space and block clear.

A great block from Alfie Kilgour was needed to deny Alfie Jones as he controlled and spun inside the box before striking low and hard towards the bottom left. However, there stood Kilgour, reacting well to get a vital block on the effort.

Just after the half-hour mark, with Josh Grant down injured and off the field, Hull City made the advantage count. A ball was whipped wide and recycled into the area, towards Whyte. He struck first-time from the edge of the box, firing low into the bottom right corner to give the home side a lead.

Shortly after, Rovers replaced Grant, with Upson coming on.

Leahy would go close for the Gas in the dying stages of the first 45 as Westbrooke delivered a corner to the front post, with the left-back meeting the ball and flicking it across goal. Harries was waiting at the far post, but couldn't make contact to divert goalwards.

The Gas went in behind at the break.

At half-time, Jonah Ayunga replaced Max Ehmer, with Joey Barton switching his approach.

A superb surging run from Alex Rodman allowed the winger to wriggle his way between two or three players towards the byline. He forced the cross towards Brandon Hanlan who lurked at the front post, with the number 9 diverting goalwards. However, Ingram was aware, able to react well and gather after it bounced off him.

On the hour mark, Honeyman was left in space on the right flank, able to progress into the area and square sharply to Whyte. He made no mistake from close-range, diverting into the goal to double his side's lead.

A triple substitution came on the 68th minute, with Nicholson, Harries and Hanlan coming off, with Walker, Daly and Baldwin replacing them.

With 15 to go a whipped delivery from a corner saw Alfie Kilgour flash a header across the face of goal, in a channel where any touch could've taken it in. In the end, though, it bounced wide of the goal for a goal-kick.

Two chances came for the Gas bang on the 90 minute mark. Zain Westbrooke lifted a nice ball over towards Ayunga who expertly brought down the ball before turning left and swing a powerful left foot at the ball. It flashed to the front post, with Ingram needing to react well to deny the towering forward.

The ball was then recycled from the left-flank, with Rodman rising highest to meet a cross, but saw his header clear the bar on the left side.

These would be the Gas' last opportunities, with Hull seeing the game out in added time and taking the win.

Rovers return to the Mem on Tuesday night, as they host Accrington Stanley.

Hull City: Matt Ingram, Lewie Coyle (c), Callum Elder, Reece Burke, Mallik Wilks, George Honeyman, Alfie Jones, Gavin Whyte, Alfie Jones, Gavin Whyte, Jacob Greaves, Josh Magennis, Greg Docherty.

Subs: George Long, Tom Eaves. Josh Emmanuel, Regan Slater, Keane Lewis-Potter, Dan Crowley, Andy Smith

Rovers: Joe Day, Luke Leahy, Josh Grant, Max Ehmer ©, Zain Westbrooke, Brandon Hanlan, Sam Nicholson, Alfie Kilgour, Cian Harries, Alex Rodman, George Williams.

Subs: Jordi van Stappershoef, Ed Upson, James Daly, Jonah Ayunga, Jack Baldwin, Zain Walker, Pablo Martinez

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