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SOUTHEND MATCH PREVIEW

27 September 2013

A look ahead to tonight's game

Rovers travel to Roots Hall tonight looking to pick up their first points away from home.

The Opposition: Southend have lost four of their last five fixtures, but like Rovers they will be hoping to build on the draw their picked up last weekend. While Rovers shared the points with Hartlepool at the Memorial Stadium, Southend were pegged back to claim a draw away at Bury. Defender Ben Coker will miss tonight’s game after being sent off during the match against Bury.

John Ward’s Comments: “They are a good side, and they will be looking at our recent form and thinking they can win.

“I know Phil Brown really well, and he always gets his team up to be competitive. We went to see them a couple of weeks ago, and they played pretty well, even though they lost 1-0.

“We will give them the upmost respect, they have good players and they are at home, so they would expect to be pushing the game towards us a little bit.

“But if we can be strong and do our stuff then we think we can get a result out of the game.”

Opposition View: Blues boss Phil Brown told their official website: “John Ward is an experienced manager who knows the club and this division well. They’ve got some players who have real quality like John-Joe O’Toole and Oliver Norburn.
 
“Both teams will want to arrest their run of form so it’s got all the makings of a really good game of football. We want to work from that draw last weekend.”

Last Meeting: Southend United 0-0 Bristol Rovers
Steve Mildenhall produced a man-of-the-match performance on his first return to Roots Hall since leaving the club. It was Phil Brown’s second home game in charge of the club.

Team News: Ryan Brunt and Seanan Clucas are both expected to travel with the team, but the game comes too early for Garry Kenneth, who is still struggling with a groin problem. 

Tickets: Advanced ticket sales have now finished. Tickets are available to buy on the night at the ground priced at £21 for adults, £14 for senior citizens and 17-20 year olds, £11 for U16s and £6 for U8s.

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

Betting: Rovers are 5/2 with Sky Bet to take all three points at Roots Hall tonight. Remember, if you haven’t already got a Sky Bet account, you can get a completely free £10 when you join and Bristol Rovers will also get £10 when you make your first deposit. As well as that, Bristol Rovers will benefit as you bet throughout the season, so make sure you open your account via www.skybet.com/bristolrovers

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