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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Burton Albion

16 October 2020

A home tie against Burton Albion awaits the Gas tomorrow, check out all the pre-match info ahead of this weekend's encounter...

Looking ahead...

In this shortened 2020/21 campaign, a midweek break for the Gas will have been cherished as Rovers head into a hectic conclusion to October beginning with Burton Albion, before four more games to see the month out.

Rovers will be riding high on confidence going into this weekend, with a 2-0 win over Northampton backed up by an impressive 2-1 away victory against Lincoln City, who were unbeaten until they met the Gas last weekend. 

Strikers James Daly and Brandon Hanlan both got on the scoresheet too, with youngster Daly, now wanting to push on from his first professional goal.

With preparations all but concluded for this weekend's fixture, Manager Ben Garner spoke to the press via Zoom on Friday, to offer his thoughts on Burton Albion and how Saturday's game is shaping up.


Manager's Preview - Ben Garner on Burton Albion

New on the scene...

Midweek signing, Erhun Oztumer, will be available for selection this weekend following his loan move from Charlton Athletic on Thursday. The 29-year-old has joined for the season and will be looking to re-capture his previous League One form from his days at Walsall, where he scored 30 goals across two campaigns.

Catch the midfielder's first interview in the blue and white quarters down below!

Ben Liddle is also eligible for his debut down at the Mem this weekend after he signed from Middlesborough ahead of the Gas' trip to Lincoln, his first interview is also available underneath.

View from the Opposition...

At the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign, Brewers Captain Jake Buxton took the reigns at the Pirelli Stadium, making the step into management at 35 years-old. His start to life on the touchline has largely been spent away from home, as he told, “We have had some tough away fixtures and have travelled a long way with Fleetwood, Swindon and Plymouth before Bristol, it’s a tough ask.

“But we will roll our sleeves up, get ready for the fight and will make sure we are tough to beat at Bristol Rovers.”

On the Gas, Buxton said, “They are a big club who made some great signings in the summer and there is a lot of expectations there, but we are ready for the challenge.”

Form Guide...

Buxton's Brewers have experienced a tricky start to the 2020/21 season, with the search for an away point still ongoing following Burton's solitary result this season, a 2-1 home victory over Accrington Stanley. Having said that, Buxton's side are more than capable of finding the net, losing 4-2 in 3 games on the bounce at the end of September/ start of October, to Swindon Town, Portsmouth and Cambridge United.

The Brewers will have fresh memories of the South-West from their travels last weekend, when they travelled to Home Park to face Plymouth Argyle, where they lost 2-0.

Past Meetings...

The Gas have suffered against Burton Albion in recent history, with their single meeting last season ending in dramatic fashion, with Akins and Edwards notching late goals to condemn Rovers to 2-0 defeat. Incredibly, the Gas have only met Burton Albion 3 times since their last win over the Brewers, which came at the Mem in 2014.


Rovers will wear the famous blue and white quarters at the Mem on Saturday afternoon. 

How to watch...

Tune in to this weekend's tie from the comfort of your own home. The link below has the full rundown on how to watch Saturday's game live on iFollow - with match passes priced at £10.


iFollow Info - How to watch Rovers v Burton Albion

Around the grounds...

League One returns to its full capacity following a reduced weekend of fixtures courtesy of international fixtures.

MK Dons kick the weekend off at 1pm, hosting an in-form Gillingham side at Stadium MK. League leaders Ipswich Town have another home tie this weekend, with Accrington Stanley visiting Portman Road.

Lincoln City will be looking to recover from defeat to the Gas last week away at Fleetwood Town this weekend, while the Gas' next opposition, Shrewsbury Town, visit AFC Wimbledon.


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Match Reports

Match Report: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Burton Albion

17 October 2020

Rovers held to 1-1 draw at the Mem...

James Daly's second Gas goal looked like it may be the only difference between the two sides at BS7, with the striker putting Rovers ahead early on in the second half, only for Kane Hemmings to grab the equaliser for Burton in the 79th minute.

The sides played out a goalless opening forty-five minutes, with Rovers going closest to the opening goal in the first-half when Luke McCormick directed a low volley wide of goal. 

Rovers did manage to find the goal to break the deadlock just seven minutes after the interval, with James Daly showing great composure to take full advantage of a slack defensive header from Neal Eardley, with the striker calmly rounding O'Hara for his second goal in as many games.

In a goalmouth scramble following a corner, Kane Hemmings bundled home a close-range finish to help the visitors take home a point. 


For the third game in a row, Manager Ben Garner opted for an unchanged starting XI, following maximum points against both Northampton and Lincoln. 

Rovers did make changes to the bench, with loanee Erhun Oztumer named amongst the Gas substitutes. 

Rovers started the contest the brightest of the two teams, forcing an early corner when a cross from David Tutonda was deflected behind. 

The early positivity from Rovers resulted in the first chance of note falling to the Gas after just 6 minutes. It was long-ball forward from Cian Harries that crafted the opening, as a half-clearance from the visitors dropped to Luke McCormick on the edge of the area, with the Chelsea loanee dragging a low volley narrowly wide of the target from the edge of the box.


Garner's side had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down shortly after McCormick's chance. Josh Hare's cross from the right swept across the goalmouth, with James Daly appearing to be pushed at the far-post when attempting a late run to meet the delivery, but the referee was unmoved by the appeals for a spot-kick.

As the opening forty-five minutes progressed, chances became harder to come by for both sides. 

A set-piece from Josh Hare looked like to my provide the opportunity for the right-back to test O'Hara in the Burton goal just prior to the interval. In a central position, just 20-yards from goal, the set-piece from the defender was stopped by Burton wall.

The deadlock remained in place at the halfway stage, with Rovers having the better of the limited chances on offer.


After the break, Rovers quickly registered a chance on goal, as a low left-footed effort from Hanlan skidded wide of the Burton goal. 

The visitors had chances of their own, as Vassilev had space inside the Rovers area to launch an effort towards the Rovers goal that curled wide of the target.

Just seven minutes after the break, Rovers were able to find the games first goal. The move started with a direct ball forward from Cian Harries that was headed back towards the Burton goal by Neal Eardley. James Daly showed great alertness to latch onto the wayward header by Eardley and kept his composure to round O'Hara to tap home into the empty Burton net for his second goal in as many games.


Rovers were boosted by the goal and had the opportunity to stretch their advantage to a two-goal lead shortly after Daly's opener. It was Josh Hare's cross that caused the Burton defence issues on the hour mark, with the defender's delivery headed marginally off target by Hanlan.

There were nervous moments for Rovers when a sliced clearance from Cian Harries ballooned towards the hosts' goal, but a superb stop by Jaakkola who darted back towards the goal line proved to be enough to tip the ball wide.

Ed Upson and Sam Nicholson were introduced, as the Gas headed into the final 15 minutes with a slim lead.

Burton managed to bring the scores back level as the game approached the final ten minutes. Joe Powell's corner from the right caused havoc in the Rovers area, with multiple efforts blocked inside the goalmouth scramble, before Kane Hemmings poked home the equalising goal.

Rovers did have a late chance to grab a dramatic winner, as once again Josh Hare was able to launch a high-quality cross into the mix from the right. Sam Nicholson lost his marker inside the area to met Hare's cross and saw his header crash onto the crossbar.


Rovers face a quick turnaround, ahead of travelling to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening (6pm KO) in Sky Bet League One. 

Bristol Rovers: Anssi Jaakkola, Cian Harries, Max Ehmer (c), Jack Baldwin, David Tutonda, Josh Hare, Josh Grant, Zain Westbrooke (81' Erhun Oztumer) , Luke McCormick (72' Sam Nicholson), Brandon Hanlan, James Daly (72' Ed Upson).

Subs: Jordi Van Stappershoef, Alfie Kilgour, Cameron Hargreaves, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson

Burton Albion: Kieran O'Hara, Kieran Wallace, Stephen Quinn (c), Kane Hemmings, Lucas Akins, Ben Fox, Indiana Vassilev (86' Luke Varney), John Joe O'Toole, Neal Eardley, Ciaran Gilligan, Sam Hughes.

Subs: Teddy Sharman-Lowe, Colin Daniel, Stephen Lawless, Jack Roles, Owen Gallacher

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