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Match Preview: Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers

1 February 2021

Match Previews

Match Preview: Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers

1 February 2021

The Gas take to the road again this week, with a trip to Accrington Stanley on the horizon...

A disappointing afternoon at the Mem on Saturday prompts the need for a reaction from the Gas as they head away from home again to take on an Accrington Stanley side showing impressive 2020/21 form.

Rovers' opposition currently sit 9th, in touching distance of the play-offs with games in hand - but their form has been a mixed bag as of late.

Manager's Preview...

Following defeat on Saturday, Paul Tisdale offered an honest assessment of how he would move forward with his squad, saying "We've got a long way ahead of us but we can't think like that, it's got to be about the next game, every three points is highly important and Tuesday is another very important three points.

"I need to see a reponse from the players in terms of the standard of play, and the discipline side of our game has got to be better."

Opposition View...

Speaking to today, Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman indicated he had no illusions about the challenge posed on Tuesday, despite the disparity in points between the two sides, "Every team we go up against worry me because I know they're capable of beating us - I believe we're capable of being anybody, but certainly in League One you can lose to anyone.

"I've seen enough this season to know that you can't take any game for granted, every game you play poses its own threat."

Form Guide...

Nothing highlights Accrington's recent topsy-turvy form more than their back-to-back fixtures against Hull City, initially visiting the Tigers and going down 3-0, before hosting them a week later to go on and win 2-0. These results are sandwhiched between underwhelming results against mid-table sides, with a 1-0 loss to Gillingham and a 2-2 draw against Plymouth Argyle.

John Coleman's side started January very well though, with an impressive 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

Coleman builds his side on a foundation of defensive solidity, and has secured a number of narrow wins with clean sheets this season. Up the other end, Northern Irishman Dion Charles has bagged 8 this season from midfield.

Previous encounter...

Rovers are yet to face off against Accrington Stanley this campaign, and you'll need to go back all the way to September 2019 to find the last meeting between the two sides.

It came at the Mem, with an entertaining 3-3 draw played out infront of the Gasheads, as Rovers initially took the lead through Rodman before Accrington surged infront with two goals. It then took a double from Jonson Clarke-Harris, including a spectacular bicycle-kick, to secure Rovers a point.

How to Watch...

Can the Gas bounce back from Saturday's defeat? Find out LIVE on Tuesday with a £10 iFollow match pass!

Around the Grounds!

The Gas' game on Tuesday evening is a re-organised fixture after Rovers' initial trip up north was postponed due to COVID-19. It joins a host of other fixtures re-scheduled for this week from past postponements, including Swindon Town against Wigan Athletic. Shrewsbury Town also host Crewe Alexandra, while Northampton Town travel up north to take on Blackpool.

This week, Charlton Athletic host fellow former-Premier league outfit, Portsmouth. 

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