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Match Preview - Rovers v Plymouth Argyle

21 October 2022

Back in league action this weekend!

Rovers face Plymouth Argyle this weekend in a highly-anticipated clash against the league leaders. In our last game, Rovers ran away 3-0 winners against Swindon Town in the Papa John's Trophy. The win secured Rovers' place in the knockout stages of the competition.

It was in the Papa John's Trophy when Rovers last played Plymouth. A 1-1 draw earlier this season saw the tie head to penalties, with Argyle winning in the shoot-out.

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Argyle boss Steven Schumacher has said to that his side will head to The Mem on Saturday afternoon fully aware of 'how tough the game will be'.

“It was a good game when we played them in the Papa John's Trophy. It will be one we are ready for, hopefully.

“They’ve got firepower, some really good attacking players. They were 4-0 up at half-time last week. They’ve got experienced midfield players who have been around the block a little bit in [Paul] Coutts, [Jordan] Rossiter, Sam Finley: good players.

“And defensively they have looked quite solid of late, not conceding too many goals. They are well-balanced, I would say. We know how tough the game will be, but if we play the way we can play we will cause them a few problems as well. We’re top of the league, so we should go into it with confidence.”


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Chris Pollard has been appointed as the referee for Saturday's game at The Mem. Referee Pollard has officiated four games in League One so far this season. On average, Pollard awards 24.25 fouls per game and hands out 3.00 yellow cards per game. Pollard is yet to show a player a red card in League One this season. Pollard last officiated a game involving Rovers in our 2-0 victory against Sutton United back in February. 


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EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 21/10 for the win on Saturday afternoon. A 2-0 scoreline in favour of the Gas can be backed at 16/1. Aaron Collins can be backed to continue his goalscoring form at 9/4 whilst Harry Anderson can is priced at 16/1 to open the scoring. 

*Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

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Match Report - Rovers 2-2 Plymouth

22 October 2022

A superb second-half comeback from the Gas secured a point against league leaders Plymouth Argyle

Joey Barton made two changes to the side that beat Cheltenham last weekend, with Hoole and Anderson coming in for Gibbons and Coutts.


The visitors started on the front foot, forcing a couple of early corners without threatening Belshaw's goal.

At the other end, Loft and Collins were working hard and the latter's ball towards Gordon gave the Gas a corner in the 10th minute, but referee Pollard blew for a foul. The man in the middle then waved play on when Finley was upended, a decision that did little to endear him to the home crowd.

From nowhere, the dangerous Azaz fired Argyle ahead from the edge of the box with a superb curling shot that Belshaw could only watch fly past him.


Collins then had a glorious chance to equalise in the 16th minute, but he could only fire straight at Cooper from ten yards out.


Houghton was shown a yellow card in the 22nd minute for a late challenge on Collins. The number ten then ran at the Argyle backline a minute later and the ball fell to Finley, who fired over the bar.

Randell was next in the book after half an hour, bringing down Evans as the midfielder looked to glide forwards. Rovers worked the ball down the right-hand flank and Finley played it into the area but his ball just evaded the onrushing Loft.

The big striker then found his way into the book after 36 minutes for a late, sliding challenge on a Plymouth defender.

Ennis looked lively for the visitors, but Rovers were largely bossing possession as the half drew to a close. Rovers broke away in the 43rd minute, with Evans' low cross sliced behind for a corner, from which Anderson headed narrowly over.

More Azaz trickery then saw Aryle extend rtheir advantage, as he put Mumba away down the right. His cross was cleared, but only as far as Randell, who rifled home from thirty yards to send the 1,240 Argyle fans into raptures.

The Gas started the second half, attacking the Thatchers End, looking to overturn a two-goal deficit - and they made the perfect start.

Collins burst down the right and crossed low for substitute Josh Coburn to bundle home with his first touch.

JMP_Bristol_Rovers_v_Plymouth_Argyle_RS_065.JPGIt was nearly two-all in the 51st minute, as Loft cut inside and shot on target from twenty-five yards. Cooper couldn't hold it and Collins latched onto the rebound and chipped towards the back post, where Rossiter was denied by a goalline clearance. Cooper then spilled the ball two minutes later as Argyle were rattled. Loft was next to go close, firing a snapshot narrowly wide.

Anderson's slip almost gifted Argyle a third, but Belshaw was alert at his near post.

It was 2-2 in the 57th minute as Rossiter nicked the ball in midfield, fed Loft and his flick was perfect for Collins to run onto and fire low into the corner of the net.

JMP_Bristol_Rovers_v_Plymouth_Argyle_RS_079.JPGGreat work from Harry Anderson almost saw the Gas snatch the lead as he whipped in a cross from the right but Coburn was flagged offside.

It was to be Anderson's parting shot, as Gibbons replaced him in the 64th minute. Rovers kept pressing and Loft set up Finley for a shot that ballooned over the bar. Loft then drew a foul and a caution from Galloway to give the Gas a free-kick in a dangerous area after 69 minutes. Evans' shot was on target but comfortably claimed by Cooper.

Argyle finally enjoyed a spell of possession after barely seeing the ball for twenty-five minutes, with substitute Hardie to the fore. The visitors won a corner after 75 minutes, but it drifted harmlessly behind. 

Rovers pushed for the winner with the unbelievable backing of the Gasheads but would have to settle for a point. 

Next up for Rovers is the trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday, 26th October (8pm). 

Rovers: Belshaw, Gordon, Hoole, Gibson, Thomas, Anderson, Rossiter, Finley (c), Evans, Collins, Loft.

Subs: Jaakkola, Gibbons, Saunders, McCormick, Sinclair, Clarke, Coburn.

Argyle: Cooper, Houghton, Wilson, Edwards (c), Ennis, Mumba, Azaz, Whittaker, Randell, Lonwijk, Galloway.

Subs: Burton, Butcher, Hardie, Grant, Craske, Jenkins-Davies, Edworthy.

Attendance: 9,258

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