We take a look ahead to the Gas' 2021 opener, when they face Blackpool at the Mem.
The Gas look to respond from defeat in Milton Keynes, with a period of training allowing players to return to fitness following their 10-day isolation following COVID-19 cases in the camp. A return to home will bolster the Gas too, with their last home game a whole 21 days apart from this tie.
Paul Tisdale's side had their midweek fixture postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the Pompey camp, with the Rovers Manager allowed more time on the grass with his players ahead of their opening fixture of 2021. The Manager spoke with the local press on Friday to discuss his preparations for the game.
Manager's Preview - Paul Tisdale on Blackpool
Neil Critchley looked ahead to this weekend's trip down to the Mem in his pre-match press conference, speaking about the Gas to blackpoolfc.co.uk Critchley said "From the analysis we've done they're a hard team to predict - I'm sure Paul's trying to find the best formation and the best team, he might be a bit unsure on that at the moment. We've got to concentrate on ourselves, on our team and what we need to improve on."
Blackpool's run of form in recent weeks could definitely be described as a mixed bag, often grinding out results against teams higher up in the league before faltering against those lower down in the division. An impressive 3-2 win over Hull City stands out as the highlight of their December form, but a 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night will have set them back somewhat.
The previous fixture between the two sides will be a memorable one for Gas fans, and Alfie Kilgour in particular, who solidified his status as a local-born icon with a 35+ yard screamer in front of the Thatchers end. His equalizer paved the way for a fantastic comeback win, as Josh Ginnelly secured the winner.
Match Action: Bristol Rovers 2-1 Blackpool
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Around the Grounds!
Elsewhere in the league, Hull City host Charlton Athletic, two teams currently sitting in the play-off spots in 3rd and 6th respectively. At the other end of the table, Wigan Athletic travel down to Swindon Town to kick off their year. Another all-top-half clash comes in the form of Pompey versus Accrington Stanley, with 2nd place Portsmouth likely to be rusty following a spell of isolation following COVID-19 cases.