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29 October 2022 Venue Pride Park Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview - Derby County v Bristol Rovers

28 October 2022

The Gas visit The Rams, looking to make it nine games undefeated.

Rovers head to the Midlands tomorrow to play their first-ever league game at Pride Park, with Wednesday's draw in Sheffield making it eight games unbeaten in all competitions.


Manager's Preview

Rovers' boss Joey Barton said: "We had the lads watch Derby's game from Tuesday night and Exeter got a solid point there. We must take enormous confidence into the game. Derby is a big club, a big side, but we’ve just played first and third in the division and I think anyone at those games would say we stood toe-to-toe and were more than a match for them.

"We’ll go to Derby and play our way and attack them because... why would we not?

"They’ve had a couple go off, I think James Chester went off on Tuesday and Curtis Davies went off in the game on Friday. They’ve been playing a back three of late and that might be subject to change, I’m not sure.

"We’ll be focusing on us and we feel, if we get us right, we’re more than a match for anybody. We’ll pay Derby the respect they are due by preparing for them the same way we’d prepare for any team, but there will be no fear attached to us and we’ll be looking to put an excellent performance on again in front of incredible travelling support for League One.

"I’ve seen it is 3,100; those are Premier League numbers so, hopefully, we can give them a victory and make some more memories."


Opposition View

Derby manager Paul Warne was at Hillsborough on Wednesday night to watch Rovers put in a fine away performance at a team who sat third in the table.

He said: "They were really good against Sheffield Wednesday. They don't have what some people would regard as 'out-and-out superstars'; they were just a really hardworking team.

"They stopped Wednesday on numerous occasions and made it difficult for what are one hell of a home side.

I think Rovers are in the best form in the league apart from the top two. They have won three and drawn three from the last six, which is promotion form, and their last two games have been against Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield Wednesday, drawing them both, so they come into this with a real buzz of confidence.

"You watch the strikers at Bristol Rovers and if you play across the back-line they are coming for you all the time."


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Pride Park was the scene of a famous Rovers win, with a 3-1 win in the FA Cup. Gas striker Nathan Ellington scored a hat-trick as the team who sat 87th out of 92 league clubs caused a major upset at the then-Premier League outfit. Pictured is Rovers' Che Wilson and Derby legend Fabrizio Ravanelli, also known as 'The White Feather'.

Form Guide

Derby Last Five in the League: W L W L D

Rovers Last Five in the League: D W W D D


Last Time Out

Ref Watch


The man with the whistle at Pride Park will be Martin Coy. The Durham-born referee has dished out a total of 14 yellow and two red cards so far this season and has awarded 17 fouls per game, on average. 

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Supporters based in the UK can purchase an audio match pass for £2.50. To find out more about iFollow, please click HERE.

Betting Preview


EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 7/2 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Aaron Collins can be backed to grab the first goal at 8/1, whilst namesake James of Derby is at 4/1. A goal at any time from Bobby Thomas is priced at 16/1. 

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

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Match Reports

Match Report - Derby 4-2 Rovers

Unbeaten run is ended by McGoldrick

29 October 2022

Defeat at Pride Park for the Gas.

A David McGoldrick hat-trick ended Rovers' eight-game unbeaten run as Derby ran out 4-2 winners at Pride Park.

Joey Barton made two changes to the line-up for the game, after Ryan Loft and Lewis Gibson failed to recover from injuries picked up on Wednesday night in Sheffield. Hoole and McCormick came into the starting line-up, with Westbrooke, Kilgour and Saunders returning to the bench.


An early Derby goal left Rovers facing an uphill challenge. There were only five minutes on the clock when Mendez-Laing intercepted Gibbons' pass to Hoole, and he fed McGoldrick to fire home the opener.

The hosts doubled their lead after just 12 minutes, when Collins ghosted in at the far post to tap home from a corner.

There was controversy in the 18th minute when Aaron Collins raced onto a Belshaw clearance and was adjudged to have fouled Smith, but a free-kick was instead awarded against the Welshman. Collins then looked to divert an Evans cross-shot goalwards in the 21st minute but just failed to connect.

Minutes later, McGoldrick lashed home an unstoppable shot from inside the area as the Rams punished more hesitant Rovers defending.

Sam Finley brought a save from Wildsmith after having to push referee Coy out of the way, before Mendez-Laing wasted a chance to put the game to bed after just half an hour, blazing over from the edge of the box.

The game's first caution arrived after 34 minutes, when Finley was caught by a late tackle from Hourihane. From the free-kick, the Gas grabbed a lifeline. Bobby Thomas headed across goal from McCormick's delivery, where Coburn headed goalwards. Derby cleared off the line but Thomas was there to smash home into the roof of the net.


The centre-back's joy didn't last long as McGoldrick robbed him on the deadball line and curled a wicked shot from a tight angle past Belshaw to put the home side 4-1 up.

Collins ran at the home defence as the half drew to a close and played in Coburn. The striker was upended to give Antony Evans the chance to reduce the arrears from the spot. He duly did so and Rovers went into the interval just two goals down.


Coburn was caught offside as Rovers looked to make a fast start to the second half. 

Derby went up the other end and won a corner after 50 minutes after Collins' shot was deflected behind. 

Sam Finley then almost gifted the Rams a fifth when passing straight to McGoldrick. The striker rounded Belshaw but the midfielder blocked his shot to make amends. 

Joey Barton had seen enough and made three changes in the 56th minute, as Conolly, Clarke and Sinclair replaced McCormick, Hoole and Gordon.


Connolly was straight in the action, advancing and sliding a lovely ball to Clarke, whose control let him down. Sinclair then jinked his way past several Derby challenges before forcing a diving save from Wildsmith. From the corner, Finley fired well over the bar. The introduction of Sinclair and Connolly was making the Gas a different proposition in the second half. 

Coburn raced clear in the 70th minute but, with Collins crying out for a square ball, the striker tried to loft Wildsmith and got his angles wrong. Rovers enjoyed large spells of possession, and Derby picked up a few yellows for time-wasting, but the Gas couldn't find that third goal to make the closing stages a nervous one for the hosts. 

McGoldrick added a yellow to his first career hat-trick for a late challenge on Clarke, resulting in a second game in succession where a Rovers substitute had to be substituted. 

Next up for Rovers is the Emirates FA Cup tie with Rochdale at The Memorial Stadium on Saturday November 5th, kick-off 3pm.

DERBY COUNTY: Wildsmith, Forsyth, Hourihane, Cashin, Bird (c), Collins, McGoldrick, Mendez-Laing, Smith, Roberts, Dobbin.

Substitutes: Loach, Thompson, Sibley, Stearman, Osula, Oduroh, Rooney.

BRISTOL ROVERS: Belshaw, Gibbons, Hoole, Thomas, Gordon, Finley, Evans, Rossiter, McCormick, Coburn, Collins.

Substitutes: Jaakkola, Westbrooke, Kilgour, Saunders, Connolly, Clarke, Sinclair.

Attendance: 27,841 (3,100 away fans)

Referee: Martin Coy

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Ticket News

Ticket Info - Derby County

7 October 2022

Ticket information for our visit to Pride Park in late October.

Rovers face Derby County in the Sky Bet League One on Saturday, 29th October (3:00 pm KO).

The initial allocation for this fixture is 1,579.

The club would like to remind fans that tickets ARE NOT available to purchase from the club shop on matchdays.

Online ticket sales will open to 2022/2023 Season Ticket holders, sponsors and Share Scheme members from 10am on Monday, 10th October. Please be aware, Season Ticket holders, sponsors and Share Scheme members are only permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

Members (Club and Gold members, Helpline and Supporters Club members) will be able to purchase tickets online from 10am on Wednesday, 12th October. Please note, members are only able to purchase one ticket per membership.

Subject to availability, general sale tickets will then be available online from 10am on Friday, 14th October.

Ticket prices can be found below:

Ticket Type (Seated) Price
Adult £24.00
Senior (65+) £18.00
Young Adult (18-21) £18.00
Junior (13-17)  £12.00
Child (6-12)* £6.00
Infant (2-5)* Free of Charge

* Infants must be purchased as part of a pair with a parent/guardian aged 18 or above. Any child aged 15 & under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above and children aged Under 2 years will not be permitted entry to the stadium.

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