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20 December 2013

All you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game

Everything you need to know for tonight's game.

The Opposition: Accrington currently sit bottom of the league on four points, five points adrift of Northampton and Bury. However, the Reds are unbeaten in two matches after picking up draws at AFC Wimbledon and Oxford United. They have drawn three of their last four games and kept clean sheets in two of those matches.

In team news for them; Rob Atkinson’s hamstring problem is not as bad as first feared but he is unlikely to be available in the immediate future. Laurence Wilson and Michael Liddle are both eyeing returns but have only resumed light training. Luke Clark and James Caton remain sidelined and Kayode Odejayi serves the second match of his three match ban.

John Ward’s Comments: "I know from my experience of working in Lancashire, that a Tuesday night under floodlights, when it might be wet and windy, is a test of character, and their guys are used to that, so we are going to have to be very strong in that department to compete.

"They will look at us and say ‘this is a team going through a difficult time, who we can beat.’ We have got to make sure the attitude and approach we showed on Saturday, comes with us to Accrington. 

"Any ability that we have got won’t show through unless we have a good attitude to start with. We have been saying that there is a win coming, and it might come when you don’t expect it.

"They are not winning and we have not won for a bit, so it will be the team that has the confidence and strength to have a go at the opposition."

"I am disappointed that we didn’t get the point on Saturday, as a point would have given everyone a big lift.

"The supporters were great, they backed the team to the hilt, and I think the team backed the supporters to the hilt, but we all went home with nothing. Even a point at home in those circumstances would have been a big lift."
 
Neither team has been in a great run of form, and the manager knows that his side are going to have to be strong to give themselves a chance of winning.

He said: "They will look at us and say ‘this is a team going through a difficult time, who we can beat.’ We have got to make sure the attitude and approach we showed on Saturday, comes with us to Accrington. 

"Any ability that we have got won’t show through unless we have a good attitude to start with. We have been saying that there is a win coming, and it might come when you don’t expect it.

"They are not winning and we have not won for a bit, so it will be the team that has the confidence and strength to have a go at the opposition.

"If we can defend as well and be as strong as we have been in recent games away from home, perhaps we can spring ourselves on them a little bit. I don’t know how the game is going to pan out, but I do know I have a team with a really strong attitude to give us the chance of winning."

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/ward-on-accrington-2013-1126429.aspx#4iSAKslmYdJIOdgq.99

Opposition View: Manager James Beattie said: "“We have drawn three out of the last four and, if we keep turning in performances like that, we will get our first win and more will follow. I've seen teams that have been bottom of the league before and they don't carry themselves like that.

"If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there."
 "If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there,"         
Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-focus-1127314.aspx#DO46MfrS9dkKVGOI.99

 "If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there,"         
Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-focus-1127314.aspx#DO46MfrS9dkKVGOI.99

 "If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there,"

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-focus-1127314.aspx#DO46MfrS9dkKVGOI.99

Last Meeting: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Accrington Stanley. The last meeting between the two teams was in April here at the Memorial Stadium, the visitors took all three points thanks to a single goal from Lee Molyneaux.

Team News: The manager will be without David Clarkson who serves the first of his three match ban after picking up a red card against Wycombe on Saturday. The game will probably also come too soon for Matt Harrold and Lee Brown as they aim to return from injury.

Tickets: Tickets for Bristol Rovers' trip to Accrington Stanley will be available to buy on the night. Tickets in both terrace and seated areas of the ground are priced at £13 for adults, £8 for over 65s, £5 for U17s and students with a valid photo ID and £1 for accompanied U12s. The turnstiles on the night are cash only. 

Live Commentary: Unable to make the trip to the Crown Ground tonight? Then you can follow all the action from 7.45pm as Bristol Rovers take on Accrington LIVE on Gas Player.  

Betting: Rovers are 6/4 to take all three points against Accrington Stanley tonight. You can get 6/1 on Ryan Brunt to score the first goal. Bristol Rovers will benefit as you bet throughout the season, so make sure you open your Sky Bet account via www.skybet.com/bristolrovers

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-match-pack-1127650.aspx#v4G6sQjC8GWAsHDF.99

Everything you need to know for tonight's game.

The Opposition: Accrington currently sit bottom of the league on four points, five points adrift of Northampton and Bury. However, the Reds are unbeaten in two matches after picking up draws at AFC Wimbledon and Oxford United. They have drawn three of their last four games and kept clean sheets in two of those matches.

In team news for them; Rob Atkinson’s hamstring problem is not as bad as first feared but he is unlikely to be available in the immediate future. Laurence Wilson and Michael Liddle are both eyeing returns but have only resumed light training. Luke Clark and James Caton remain sidelined and Kayode Odejayi serves the second match of his three match ban.

John Ward’s Comments: "I know from my experience of working in Lancashire, that a Tuesday night under floodlights, when it might be wet and windy, is a test of character, and their guys are used to that, so we are going to have to be very strong in that department to compete.

"They will look at us and say ‘this is a team going through a difficult time, who we can beat.’ We have got to make sure the attitude and approach we showed on Saturday, comes with us to Accrington. 

"Any ability that we have got won’t show through unless we have a good attitude to start with. We have been saying that there is a win coming, and it might come when you don’t expect it.

"They are not winning and we have not won for a bit, so it will be the team that has the confidence and strength to have a go at the opposition."

"I am disappointed that we didn’t get the point on Saturday, as a point would have given everyone a big lift.

"The supporters were great, they backed the team to the hilt, and I think the team backed the supporters to the hilt, but we all went home with nothing. Even a point at home in those circumstances would have been a big lift."
 
Neither team has been in a great run of form, and the manager knows that his side are going to have to be strong to give themselves a chance of winning.

He said: "They will look at us and say ‘this is a team going through a difficult time, who we can beat.’ We have got to make sure the attitude and approach we showed on Saturday, comes with us to Accrington. 

"Any ability that we have got won’t show through unless we have a good attitude to start with. We have been saying that there is a win coming, and it might come when you don’t expect it.

"They are not winning and we have not won for a bit, so it will be the team that has the confidence and strength to have a go at the opposition.

"If we can defend as well and be as strong as we have been in recent games away from home, perhaps we can spring ourselves on them a little bit. I don’t know how the game is going to pan out, but I do know I have a team with a really strong attitude to give us the chance of winning."

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/ward-on-accrington-2013-1126429.aspx#4iSAKslmYdJIOdgq.99

Opposition View: Manager James Beattie said: "“We have drawn three out of the last four and, if we keep turning in performances like that, we will get our first win and more will follow. I've seen teams that have been bottom of the league before and they don't carry themselves like that.

"If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there."
 "If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there,"         
Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-focus-1127314.aspx#DO46MfrS9dkKVGOI.99

 "If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there,"         
Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-focus-1127314.aspx#DO46MfrS9dkKVGOI.99

 "If we show that commitment and desire we won't be at the bottom much longer. I believe in the set of lads who are in there,"

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/accrington-focus-1127314.aspx#DO46MfrS9dkKVGOI.99

Last Meeting: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Accrington Stanley. The last meeting between the two teams was in April here at the Memorial Stadium, the visitors took all three points thanks to a single goal from Lee Molyneaux.

Team News: The manager will be without David Clarkson who serves the first of his three match ban after picking up a red card against Wycombe on Saturday. The game will probably also come too soon for Matt Harrold and Lee Brown as they aim to return from injury.

Tickets: Tickets for Bristol Rovers' trip to Accrington Stanley will be available to buy on the night. Tickets in both terrace and seated areas of the ground are priced at £13 for adults, £8 for over 65s, £5 for U17s and students with a valid photo ID and £1 for accompanied U12s. The turnstiles on the night are cash only. 

Live Commentary: Unable to make the trip to the Crown Ground tonight? Then you can follow all the action from 7.45pm as Bristol Rovers take on Accrington LIVE on Gas Player.  

Betting: Rovers are 6/4 to take all three points against Accrington Stanley tonight. You can get 6/1 on Ryan Brunt to score the first goal. Bristol Rovers will benefit as you bet throughout the season, so make sure you open your Sky Bet account via www.skybet.com/bristolroveFor a limited period only you can get 2 months for the price of 1 with [nickname] Player. With live commentary of every single [club name] game, there's loads of live matches and video content available for just £4.49. 
*The Opposition: In the league, York sit one place and two points above Rovers, but in the magic of the cup, anything can happen. The Minstermen come into tonight's game in similar form to Rovers, having taken four points from their last two games. Last Saturday, they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Cheltenham.
Opposition: Portsmouth have failed to win any of their last eight matches, picking up just two points. That run includes a 2-0 defeat to Newport last Saturday – Richie Barker’s first game in the Fratton Park dug-out.

Rovers could go above Portsmouth, who currently sit in 18th place, if they can take all three points from tomorrow's game.

Opposition view: After watching Rovers take on Crawley on Wednesday night, manager Richie Barker told the official Portsmouth website: “Having watched that game I know they can play well in puddles!

“That match was never going to finish, so I didn’t learn a lot from it and stopped making notes after half an hour.

“But I saw them a few weeks ago because I knew Crawley would be playing the winners of them against York.

“They’re very hard-working and organised, with a mixture of youth and experience. It will obviously be a tough match away from home.

“It’s a game between probably two of the biggest clubs in this division – people have said for a long while that when Bristol Rovers get things right the place could be rocking.

“I’m sure John Ward will soon get it right there and they’ll start working their way back up the table.”

John Ward’s Comments: "It is an all ticket game, and all seats are sold out, so there is a good atmosphere involved in that sort of game, even though there always is at the Mem.

"I think there is a really good pre-Christmas football match in prospect. They are seen as a big club, and we are the home team to try and take them on and try and beat them.

"It is a big game, and the league positions of the two clubs make it all the more exciting and interesting.

"They have a new manger in, he had his first game last week and wasn’t successful, so he may want to change things. Come three o’clock both sets of players will have a good go at it."

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two teams came in April 1993, Rovers lost the home tie 2-1.

Team News: John Ward will be without Tom Lockyer, who picked up his fifth yellow card on Wednesday night. Mark McChrystal and Pat Keary could be in contention to replace him.

Tickets: Fans are being reminded that Saturday's home game against Portsmouth is ALL TICKET for home fans, the match is also a Category A game which means ticket prices will increase by £2 from the normal Early Bird price. You have until 5pm on Friday to purchase your ticket. Stand seats for this fixture have already sold out.

Tickets are still available from either of the clubs' two retail outlets - Pirate Leisure at the Memorial Stadium and the Supporters Club shop in Kingswood.

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/wimbledon-early-bird-2013-1197496.aspx#Uk3wyhVK9hOqIT7X.99

Supporters can save £2 on normal match day prices by buying their tickets in advance. 

Tickets are still available from either of the clubs' two retail outlets - Pirate Leisure at the Memorial Stadium and the Supporters Club shop in Kingswood.

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/wimbledon-early-bird-2013-1197496.aspx#Uk3wyhVK9hOqIT7X.99
Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/chesterfield-early-bird-407273.aspx#BlgtbSJDyMERrXxQ.99 
Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/chesterfield-early-bird-407273.aspx#BlgtbSJDyMERrXxQ.99 

Tickets are still available from either of the clubs' two retail outlets - Pirate Leisure at the Memorial Stadium and the Supporters Club shop in Kingswood.

To find out more about ticket prices click here 

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/chesterfield-early-bird-407273.aspx#BlgtbSJDyMERrXxQ.99

Supporters can save £2 on normal match day prices by buying their tickets in advance. 

Tickets are still available from either of the clubs' two retail outlets - Pirate Leisure at the Memorial Stadium and the Supporters Club shop in Kingswood.

To find out more about ticket prices click here 

Read more at http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/news/article/chesterfield-early-bird-407273.aspx#BlgtbSJDyMERrXxQ.99

Listen Live: Unable to make the trip to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow? Then you can follow all the action from 3pm as Bristol Rovers take on Portsmouth LIVE on Gas Player

Post-match entertainment: The usual Happy Hour in the bar will be extended until 8pm, and there will be entertainment from Bak2Bak a vocal duo from Gloucestershire.

Betting: Rovers are 6/4 to pick up all three points tomorrow. You can get 6/1 on Matt Harrold to be the first goalscorer, or 18/1 on David Clarkson to score in both halves.     Bristol Rovers will benefit as you bet throughout the season, so make sure you open your Sky Bet account via www.skybet.com/bristolrovers Join the £5 Free Bet Club you get a FREE £5 BET every week -  Place a £5 accumulator on any sport with combined odds of 5/1 or more before midnight Sunday. Your £5 free bet will then be credited by 7pm Monday for you to use on any sport.       


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