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Match Preview: Rovers v Barnet

20 November 2018

Match Previews

Match Preview: Rovers v Barnet

20 November 2018

Rovers host Barnet on Wednesday evening in an FA Cup first-round replay - with the winners of the tie progressing to face Stockport County in the next stage of the competition.

When the sides met in North London, ten-man Rovers battled well and were scuppered by the combination of the upright and crossbar on no less than three occasions inside the final ten minutes.

Barnet head to the Mem on the back of a win at Hartlepool on the weekend, winning 3-1 at Victoria Park which leaves them 11th in the National League.

Rovers, on the other hand, go into the replay off the back of a defeat after falling to a 2-1 defeat at the Mem to Scunthorpe United, despite having 16 shots to the visitors six and also missing a second-half penalty.

If Wednesday's game ends in a draw - the tie will be decided by extra time and then penalties if required.

Darrell's View: The Gaffer stated his desire to progress to the second round of the competition, in his routine pre-match presser.

Players View: Kyle Bennett played an important role off the bench in the game at The Hive and was also on media duty alongside his Manager ahead of Wednesday night.

Opposition: On Sunday, Barnet returned from the long trip north to Hartlepool with three points. John Still's men had to recover from conceding the first goal, but a quickfire brace from Manny Duku edge the Bees ahead before Josh Walker converted in injury time to secure the points. The win saw Barnet climb to 11th in the National League standings.

Last Time We Met: The 1-1 draw at The Hive ten days prior to the replay provided an entertaining cup tie - as Rovers edged the better of the chances. Barnet's last trip to BS7 ended in a 3-1 defeat back in the 2015/16 campaign - Jermaine Easter and Lee Brown amongst the goalscorers that day.

Tickets: Only certain sections of the ground will be open on Tuesday - with tickets available on the night. For full ticket details please click on the link below.

iFollow: Full match commentary of Rovers game with Barnet can be heard through iFollow Gas. Supporters can access our LIVE match coverage by clicking HERE. Overseas supporters should note that there will be no live stream of the game available, due to broadcast regulations regarding the Emirates FA Cup. Keep up to date with the game on our social media channels.

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