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Match Preview - Accrington Stanley v Rovers

13 January 2023

Rovers head north tomorrow to face Accrington Stanley.

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Accrington skipper Seamus Conneely looked ahead to tomorrow's clash at the Wham Stadium. The defender said: “It’s a big game for us and Rovers. We have to try and get three points, it’s important with the position we are in the league. We have had a couple of cup games which are a distraction from the league but we are back at it now.

“The fans are huge, if we can get this place rocking between now and the end of the season that will go an awful long way to seeing us where we want to be come the end of the season.

“But we have to be the ones to get the fans going, we have to produce, to play the way the manager wants us to play which is on the front foot, winning headers, challenges, playing good football and then the crowd react to that and it becomes a very difficult place for away teams to come.

“That’s what we want to make it between now and the end of the season. It’s an awful lot easier place to play with the home fans behind us.”

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Tomorrow's man in the middle is Tom Nield. In his fifteen games this season, Nield has issued 42 yellow cards, but is yet to show a red one. He averages the awarding of 22 free-kicks for fouls per game. If Rovers supporters recognise Mr Nield, it's because he took charge of the 6-3 home defeat to Lincoln City earlier this season. 

What Are The Odds?

Rovers are priced at 13/10 to make it two wins in a row on the road, with the draw on offer at 12/5. If you fancy a stalemate, then a flutter on 'no goalscorer' is priced at 11/1. Top scorer Aaron Collins is a 2/1 shot to score at any time tomorrow, whilst the odds on Scott Sinclair opening the scoring are 9/1. Odds correct at the time of writing. Please bet responsibly. For more information click HERE.


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Match Report - Accrington Stanley 2-0 Rovers

14 January 2023

Defeat on the road for the Gas.

Second-half goals from Tommy Leigh and Ryan Astley condemn Rovers to defeat at Wham Stadium.

Shaun Whalley had the game's first effort at goal just past the 10-minute mark. Accrington goalkeeper Toby Savin launched the ball upfield to the Stanley no.7, who hit the ball on the half-volley and saw his effort crash against the base of the post.

Scott Sinclair was shown the first caution of the game from referee Tom Nield. Following a late tackle, Liam Coyle picked up Accrington's first yellow of the tie. The Stanley no.6 was late on James Connolly after the Rovers defender had regained control of the ball following a loose touch.

The half-time break saw a change in personnel for the Gas. Antony Evans made way for Ryan Loft for the final 45 minutes.

The hosts had the breakthrough five minutes after the restart. Rosaire Longelo clipped the ball into the Rovers penalty area, strong handball appeals from the Rovers players were waved away by the referee and Tommy Leigh was on hand to poke the ball into the net.

Rovers had strong appeals waved away yet again by the referee, this time for an alleged denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity, after Ryan Loft had beaten his man for pace and was hauled to the ground. Referee Nield brandished a yellow card to Harvey Rodgers.

The following free-kick was taken by Paul Coutts. The Gas captain lifted the ball into the box where it was met by the head of Connolly, who looked to direct his header towards goal but the ball was gratefully claimed by Savin.

More attacking changes were on the way for Rovers. Luke McCormick was replaced by John Marquis for the final 20 minutes of the clash.

Accrington scored their second goal with just over ten minutes to play. A corner kick was flicked on and Ryan Astley made no mistake with his right-footed shot from close range.

Next up for the Gas is the visit of Wycombe Wanderers to The Mem on Saturday, 24th January (3pm). 

Accrington Stanley: Toby Savin, Ethan Hamilton, Ryan Astley, Liam Coyle, Shaun Whalley, Sean McConville, Rosaire Longelo, Harvey Rodgers, Aaron Pressley, Dan Martin, Seamus Conneely (c).

Subs: Lukas Jensen, Tommy Leigh, Alhagi Touray Sisay, Doug Tharme, Josh Woods, Leslie Adekoya, Baba Fernandes.

Rovers: James Belshaw, James Connolly, Sam Finley, Scott Sinclair, Aaron Collins, Paul Coutts (c), Antony Evans, Luke McCormick, James Gibbons, Luca Hoole, Josh Coburn.

Subs: Anssi Jaakkola, Harvey Saunders, Ryan Loft, Glenn Whelan, John Marquis, Lewis Gordon.

Attendance: 2,510 (554 away)

Referee: Tom Nield

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