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14 March 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 get back to winning ways, and pick up a much needed victory on the road.

 Hartlepool currently sit in 10th place, just four points above Bristol Rovers in 16th. They have won one, lost one and drawn one in their last three games.Opposition:

The Pools will be without Michael Duckworth who continues to make progress in his recovery from a leg injury and fellow full-back Neil Austin (toe).

 Manager Colin Cooper said: Opposition view:“I am looking forward to getting back to The Vic after a busy week on the road, if I’m honest. 

“We are now at the point where if we are to close the gap then we have to start winning games and the first challenge is to beat Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

“When we started this little run of matches against Northampton, Torquay, Wycombe Wanderers, Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers - they were five out of the bottom six. Bristol Rovers now are on our tail and they, like Accrington and Wycombe, have managed to put a good run together at the right time.

“The one thing we know from playing them earlier in the season is we are going to have to be on the front foot. We will have to be as dogged and determined as we were against Accrington and we will be doing our preparation to look to see what weaknesses we can exploit and to get the right people in the right areas in order to do that.”

John Ward's comments: “I think Saturday’s game is a good test for us, as we will be facing a side that has done well and has a number of good players. Don’t forget, though, that our last two away performances have been particularly strong and our attitude has been good.

“There’s no doubt we will have to replicate out performances at Scunthorpe and Northampton. Our reports suggest that Hartlepool start games very quickly and if we can look after that and are in a strong position 20 minutes in, we will see if we can take it on.

“We are aware that picking up points from our trip to Victoria Park won’t be easy, but we can take heart from our results at Scunthorpe and Northampton, where we picked up points and played quite well in the process.”

Ticket News: Tickets in the Smith and Graham Away Stand are priced at £20 for adults and £10 for students, seniors and U19s. Ticket prices will rise on the day of the game to £25 for adults and £13 for concessions (concessions will need relevant ID on the day). Advanced tickets will be on sale until 12pm on Friday.

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two sides was at The Memorial Stadium back in September. Goals from Matt Harrold and John-Joe O'Toole helped secure a 2-2 draw. The last meeting at Victoria Park was in October 2010; that game also finished 2-2 with goals from Jo Kuffour and Byron Anthony.

Team News: There were no new injury worries picked up on Tuesday night, so the manager will be have the same squad available to pick from.

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

Listen Live: Unable to make the trip to Victoria Park tomorrow? Then you can follow all the action from 3pm as Bristol Rovers take on Hartlepool LIVE on Gas Player. Enjoy 14 days free access to Gas Player.
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Betting: Rovers are 11/5 to take all three points tomorrow. You can get 5/1 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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