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Match Preview: Fleetwood Town v Bristol Rovers

26 April 2019

Rovers travel to Highbury Stadium on Saturday afternoon, knowing a victory would secure their SkyBet League One status for the 2019/20 campaign.

A draw or a loss against Joey Barton's men would then mean safety confirmation hinges on results elsewhere, with 21st-placed AFC Wimbledon four points below and welcoming Wycombe Wanderers (50 points) to Kingsmeadow this weekend.

Scunthorpe United trail The Dons on just goal difference and host already-relegated Bradford City, whilst Plymouth Argyle and Southend United currently just about have their heads above water, a point off the drop - they face Accrington Stanley and Rochdale respectively on Saturday, who themselves are all but safe.

Shrewsbury Town are not out of the woods yet either, level on points with Rovers and with a trip to Coventry City next on their schedule.

Graham Coughlan will be keen for his side to have got Easter Monday's loss at home to Rochdale out of their system and can take confidence from the fact that his side has only lost one of their last 11 games on the road.

In simpler terms, if two of either Southend, Plymouth, Wimbledon or Scunthorpe lose this weekend, Rovers would all but survive regardless of their result, due to the superior goal difference - but The Gas certainly will not be banking on that. 

Gaffer's View: The boss sat down with the media on Thursday morning to look ahead to Saturday's clash in Lancashire.

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Preview: Graham Coughlan on Fleetwood Town


Liam Sercombe's View: The midfielder was also on press duty on Thursday to offer his preview of the encounter at Highbury.

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Preview: Liam Sercombe on Fleetwood Town

Opposition: Fleetwood are one of four teams who mathematically no longer have anything to play for, as they sit 12th in the table, holding an 11-point cushion on the bottom four and are 12 points short of the play-off spots. Their recent form has been less than emphatic, winning just one of their last five. Last time out they faced Blackpool in a West Lancashire derby, which they lost 2-1 in the 94th minute thanks to a Nathan Delfuenso goal after having a man dismissed 20 minutes from time. Keeping goals out has been a slight concern for Barton's side of late, having shipped nine in their last four games.

Tickets: Advanced ticket for this fixture are no longer available, however supporters can purchase them on the day at no extra cost.

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Ticket Information: Fleetwood Town

Keeping Up With the Game: As usual, we will have updates throughout the game on social media. If you can't make it on Saturday you can listen live on iFollow, whilst supporters based abroad will be able to watch the game. For more information about iFollow - please click HERE.

 


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