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WYCOMBE MATCH PACK

18 October 2013

All you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game.

The Opposition:  Wycombe currently sit in 9th place in the league, just two points off the play off places. The Blues will go into the game full of confidence following back to back victories over Bristol City, and Torquay United, but Rovers will also be looking to build on the improved performance of late. 

Gareth Ainsworth will be able to call upon Gary Doherty and Matt McClure again this weekend for the trip to Bristol Rovers. The pair missed Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 triumph over Torquay United due to illness. Jo Kuffour will also be available to play against his old side. Elsewhere, Ainsworth will continue to monitor strike pair Dean Morgan and Steven Craig, but Leon Johnson has been ruled out.

John Ward’s Comments: “They have some lively players, and Gareth Ainsworth has done a great job.

“They are a lively team, and a bright team, and if they get the upper hand on you, then they will make it pay.

“We know we have some work to do and that starts today. I know Gareth, he wants to attack, and I want to attack, and I think it is going to be a good game.”

Opposition View: Manager Gareth Ainsworth told their official website: “They did very well last season. They were bottom of the league at one stage, but John Ward went in and changed a lot.

“He’s a well-respected manager and has been around the lower leagues and done well. He knows his stuff and knows how to win games. I think they’re in a false position and I think they are better than they are currently showing.

“It will be very tough, but hopefully we can do both Bristols in a month - I don’t think many teams will do that this year!

“That’s the aim, but we have to respect them. They’re a big side and well organised and they’ll be up for it.

“It’s always a hostile atmosphere, but I’m looking forward to it. When we get there we’ll be doing it right and hopefully stamping our game on them.”

Last Meeting: Bristol Rovers 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (16th February 2013). Ryan Brunt got the only goal of the game to secure all three points for Rovers.

Team News: The manager will have a much bigger squad to choose from for the game. The two loan signings Alex Henshall and Will Packwood, will be joined by Ellis Harrison and Seanan Clucas who return from international duty. Lee Brown could also be available, after his hamstring problem was not as serious as first feared.

Tickets: Fans are being reminded that they have until 5pm on Friday to get their Early Bird tickets for Saturday's League Two fixture against Wycombe. 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.

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

Betting: Rovers are 11/8 to take all three points against Wycombe tomorrow. You can get 6/1 on Ryan Brunt to score the first goal, or perhaps you fancy us to get another 1-0 win like the last time Wycombe visited the Mem (15/2). 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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