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29 August 2014

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.Bristol Rovers prepare to entertain AFC Telford looking to pick up their first three points of the new season. Rovers head to Forest Green on the back of the first win of the season against AFC Telford.

Rovers will be looking to record back to back home victories when they welcome FC Halifax to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow.

Opposition:
FC Halifax have made a great start to the 2014/15 campaign, picking up five wins out of five, which sees them sitting top of the league at this early stage. Manager Neil Aspin should have a fully fit squad to choose from for the game.

Opposition View: Striker Richard Peniket told their official website: “I’m looking forward to it. Obviously they are a big club who have just come down from League Two, so these are the games we all want to play in and do well in, so hopefully we can go there and get the three points.

“I am expecting them to be in our faces right from the start, obviously it will be tough for us and they will have the crowd right behind them but we have to be prepared for that and match it and come away with the win.”

Darrell Clarke's comments:  “We have picked up four points at home, Halifax have won their first five games, so it will be a tough game, but we look forward to it. I think our fans will be there in their numbers as always.

“They have had a really positive start, so let’s hope they are due a loss.  They are organised and well drilled, and they did well last season. They know what this league is about.

“We have had them watched a couple of times, and we know quite a bit about them, but we have to be prepared for any scenario. You never get the same game twice.

“It doesn’t matter if you are playing top of the league or bottom of the league, they are all tough games, so I won’t be getting carried away that Halifax are coming into town. We will respect their strengths and
concentrate on our game.”

Last Meeting:  The last meeting between the two sides was at the Memorial Stadium in February 2002. Rovers won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Sergio Ommel and Nathan Ellington.

Team News: Mark McChrystal's ankle injury will be assessed ahead of the game.
 
Tickets: You have until 5pm today to get your Early Bird discount for tomorrow's game. Find out more here

Listen Live: Unable to make the trip to The Memorial Stadium? Then you can follow all the action from 3pm as Bristol Rovers take on FC HalifaxLIVE on Gas Player.

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: Like Rovers, AFC Telford are yet to pick up a win this campaign, they also opened the season with a draw, before suffering back to back defeats. Centre back Rod McDonald and left back Chris Lever could both play their first game of the season after recovering from ankle and hamstring injuries.

Opposition View: AFC Telford manager Liam Watson told the Shorpshire Star: "I am massively surprised to see Bristol Rovers at the level. I don't know who is the biggest club, them or Luton Town, but they are definitely the biggest two to have played in the Conference.

"There will be huge pressure on them, it's only three games into the season but they wouldn't expect to be sat on one point, although we wouldn't either.

"I would prefer to play them now, when they are in this position and still unsure of themselves. Maybe that won't happen when they find their feet at the level.

"I would always fancy my teams to finish strong in the second-half of the season, that's what always seems to happen."

Marcus Stewart's comments: “We have got a big weekend coming up. We just want to get a result - you want to get your first win under your belt as soon as you can.

“We have got two games quick fire this weekend, where we can put things right. The lads are an honest bunch, and they know what is expected of them. They want to train hard, but they need to go out there with no fear.”

“Telford are not a bad side, they are quite direct and they look to put pressure on you. They are strong and understand their jobs. They will be a different prospect to Altrincham who played through the thirds.

“We are at home, we are unbeaten at home, so let’s stay like that.”

Last Meeting: You have to go all the way back to the 1971/72 for the last meeting between the two teams. It was an FA Cup match, which Rovers won 3-0.

Team News: Darrell Clarke will be assessing things ahead of tomorrow's game
 
Tickets: Normal Early Bird discounts apply and Kids go Free with a full paying adult. Find out more here

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