A look ahead to tomorrow's game
Bristol Rovers go into tomorrow’s game sitting in 11th spot, just one point and one place above Saturday’s opponents Southend. With the faint dream of a play of place all but over for the Gas, the remit from John remains the same – to try and win every game and finish as high as we can
THE OPPOSITION: It has been a big week for Southend, who go into tomorrow’s game on the back of a 4-2 defeat to Rochdale. That follows hot on the heels of a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final loss at the hands of Crewe on Sunday. You have to go back over a month to find the Shrimpers last victory, a 2-1 away victory against Post Vale.
HOME VIEW: Manager John Ward said ahead of the game: “It is a big week for them, originally the game was Friday night, but they played last night so we have readjusted to Saturday.
“They also had the cup final last Sunday, so it is a big baptism of fire for Phil Brown going in there. We have got to go and see how we can deal with them.
“They have been there or thereabouts on the edge of getting into the play offs all season, so we will see where we stand against them.
“Saturday will be a difficult game, as Phil will wind them up and want them to do really well at home and finish their seasons strongly, in the same way that I do.”
OPPOSITION VIEW: Speaking after Wednesday night’s 4-2 defeat to Rochdale, manager Phil Brown said: He said: “We got a lesson in how to play football this evening on a surface that wasn’t very good to play football on.
“Rochdale did well to turn our two centre halves and played football in the right areas, unfortunately we played in the wrong areas and that cost us.
“Margins in football, they are fine, but if you don’t get the basics right you don’t win games it’s as simple as that. You have to get your two strikers to hold the ball up and we didn’t do that.
“It’ll be as difficult as we make it, we didn’t play the right way tonight. We made it difficult for ourselves.”
DANGER MAN: Top goal scorer Gavin Tomlin has netted 16 times for the Shrimpers so far this season. A speedy and versatile attacker, he can play both on the wing and up front. He joined Southend on a free transfer from Dagenham and Redbridge during the summer. Tomlin started his career with Staines before playing for Brentford, Yeovil, Dagenham and Redbridge and Gillingham. While with the Gills on loan last season, Timlin scored six times in nine starts, including a screaming strike against Southend.
LAST MEETING: When the two sides met at the Memorial Stadium earlier this year, the game ended in a 3-2 victory for the visitors, with Fabian Broghammer and David Clarkson scoring for Rovers. The last game at Roots Hall was a 1-0 victory for Rovers in March 2012, with a Matt Harrold penalty all that separated the two sides.
TICKETS: Tickets for Rovers' trip to Southend are available to buy in advance until lunchtime on Friday
Rovers have been given 300 tickets in the Andrews Taxis Stand for the game on Saturday April 13th.
Tickets are priced at £19 for adults, £13 for 60+, £12 for students with a valid ID and young people aged 17-20, £9 for U16s and £4 for U8s (with a full paying adult).
Southend recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid long queues at the ticket office on match day.
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