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28 February 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.
Rovers go into tomorrow's game looking to pick up just their second win on the road. However the Pirates have been in good form recently, and have not lost in the last four games.

 Opposition:In midweek the Midlanders moved off the bottom of the table for the first time this year after beating Southend 2-1. In their last six games the Cobblers have won 3 drawn 1 and lost 2

The Cobblers have no fresh injury worries Joe Widdowson, who sat out the Southend game with an ankle problem, will have a late fitness test on the injury. Defender Lee Collins will be out for the rest of the season after foot surgery, as will Kelvin Langmead (knee), Lewis Hornby (back) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg).

 Opposition view:Cobblers boss Chris Wilder said: 
“We talked about this being a big week and now we need to finish it off.
“Bristol Rovers are dangerous opponents and the players know that this game will be just as tough if not more so than the games we’ve played.

“We can be happy and pleased with our performances and results this week and we’ve got momentum in our favour now.

“The crowd are unbelievably behind us at the moment which is a brilliant thing because that does give the players a lift and it’s important  that we keep that going.
“We’ve worked really hard to be a competitive side with good ability and we’ve got to keep bringing those two things together if we are going to do anything. Everybody has to put their body on the line and that’s what they’ve been doing.”

John Ward’s Comments: “Chris Wilder has got his team up and running, he has made some changes and they have won a couple of games and they will be pretty buoyant, but we go in there with two wins and a draw in our last three games, so we are pretty buoyant as well.

“So chances are there will be a good game going on. They have got good players in and have recruited well.

 “They have just beaten Southend United at home, who are looking for promotion, so that is no mean feat.

“We have got to be a good team again this weekend, we have to raise our game week in and week out. There is enough confidence about our squad to recognise that we can do that.”

Ticket News: Tickets for Rovers trip to Northampton are no longer available to buy in advance. Away supporters are situated in the South Stand of the Sixfields Stadium and tickets on the day are priced at £22 for adults, £18 for senior citizens, £10 for U18s and free for U7s. 

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two sides was here at the Memorial Stadium back in August. An early Tom Lockyer goal secured all three points. The last meeting at Sixfields was a 1-0 win for the home side in February 2013.

Team News: Alan Gow will be around for six weeks after sustaining ligament damage to his ankle on Tuesday. Tom Lockey could miss out after sustaining a broken nose in the same game.

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

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Betting: Rovers are 9/5 to take all three points tomorrow. You can get 8/1 on John-Joe O'Toole to be the first goalscorer, or 25/1 on Chris Beardsley 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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