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Match Preview: Rovers v Scunthorpe United

23 February 2018

Match Previews

Match Preview: Rovers v Scunthorpe United

23 February 2018

Bristol Rovers welcome Scunthorpe United to the Mem on Saturday afternoon looking to return to winning ways following last weekend's defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

Darrell Clarke's men will be keen to get back on track after suffering late disappointment at AFC Wimbledon last week, as the Dons netted the only goal in the final minute of stoppage time.

Despite the blow, it was The Gas' first loss on the road for two months, a sign of how far the side's away form has come since earlier in the season.

Last time out at home Rovers claimed three points, with Chris Lines netting a beauty to clinch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Rochdale at the Mem the Tuesday before last.

Rovers have also won three of their last four home games; their only loss there since the 23rd of December coming against promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town at the beginning of February.

The boss was also boosted by Ellis Harrison and skipper Tom Lockyer's return to the starting line up, both of whom started at Kingsmeadow last weekend following injury lay-offs.

The Gaffer's View: Assistant Manager Marcus Stewart spoke to the press in place of Darrell for the first time in 2018 and offered his thoughts on the week's preparation, the challenge of Scunthorpe and more.

Player's View: Kyle Bennett is nearing the end of his first month as a Rovers player and he was also on media duty on Thursday afternoon.

Opposition: Scunthorpe are strong candidates to secure a play-off spot come the end of the season, currently sat in 5th with six-points of breathing space between them and Plymouth Argyle in 7th. However their form hasn't been quite as a impressive as it has been at other times this campaign, having not won in their last three outings; albeit two were draws. Defensively they haven't been too solid having not kept a clean sheet since New Year's Day, however going the other way they've managed to find the net in their last 13 games meaning we could be in for some goals on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets: Fans can still purchase tickets in advance via the club shop by Friday at 5pm or online by midnight Friday. Tickets will still be available on the day but at an increased price.

Keeping up with the game: Full match commentary of Rovers' game with Scunthorpe can be heard through iFollow Gas. Supporters can access our LIVE match coverage by clicking here

The match centre is the place to head to keep up to date with minute-by-minute commentary and live match stats, as well as links to follow the game on iFollow. 

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