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MANSFIELD MATCH PACK

11 October 2013

Information on tomorrow's game

The Opposition: After a fantastic month in September, which saw them pick up three wins and a draw, the Stags will be disappointed with their results so far this month. They have lost their last two home games on the bounce; going down 4-1 to Hartlepool last Saturday, before being beaten 1-0 by Chesterfield in the JPT in midweek. Despite the disappointments, they still sit in 5th place in the league. Latest news from Mansfield is that Keiran Murtagh is in line to make his first League Two start with fellow midfielder Jamie McGuire suspended. Ritchie Sutton is a doubt after being concussed in Tuesday's 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Chesterfield, but may be considered. 

John Ward’s Comments: “We are training well it has been a good week. It will be a tough one; they have just lost two at home, and some people might look at that and think they move another one, but you don’t often do that.

“They will be annoyed at their couple of defeats, and looking to take it out on us, so we have to be prepared for that.

“The whole league is full of mixed results, and we have to go there and tighten our game a little bit and make sure we are in for a battle, and we have to be strong.”

Opposition View: Stags boss Paul Cox said: “There are no easy games at this level as we saw last week. I hope our mindset will be better on Saturday and we play with fresh impetus from Tuesday. I hope we can carry on that performance but get a better result.

“The main thing now is not to be complacent. It was a good performance on Tuesday but that’s all. This game is all about winning and if we can play like Tuesday but get three points on the board as well we will be starting to head in the right direction.”

Last Meeting: Mansfield Town 0-1 Bristol Rovers
Rovers last visit to Field Mill was on 7 April 2007 when Steve Elliott secured maximum points for Rovers. 

Team News: Ellis Harrison and Seanan Clucas are away on international duty, while Matt Harrold is a doubt with a groin injury. Mark McChrystal has tendonitis of the knee and will need a rest of 3-6 weeks, but he may be available to play this weekend. Garry Kenneth picked up an injury on Monday, but Matt Gill is available if needed.

Tickets: This match is all ticket for away supporters. Tickets are priced at £18 for adults, £13 for concessions (students and 60+), £8 for U16s and free for U6s. Tickets bought over the phone after Wednesday will be available for collection from the Mansfield ticket office on the day. Tickets will be on sale until midday today.

Live Commentary: Unable to make the trip to the One Call Stadium tomorrow? Then you can follow all the action from 3pm as Bristol Rovers take on Mansfield LIVE on Gas Player.  

Betting: Rovers are 11/4 to take all three points against Mansfield tomorrow. You can get 15/2 on Ryan Brunt to score the first goal, or perhaps you fancy us to get another 1-0 win like our last visit (10/1). Bristol Rovers will benefit as you bet throughout the season, so make sure you open your Sky Bet account via www.skybet.com/bristolrovers


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