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Big Preview: Bristol Rovers vs Southend United

24 August 2018

Bristol Rovers vs Southend United...

Blues are back on the road again tomorrow afternoon as they travel to the Memorial Ground to take on Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One action.

Southend travel to the South West off the back of a disappointing night against Luton on Tuesday and will hope to improve on recent poor away performances against Rovers.

Rovers have failed to concede in any of Southend’s last three visits and The Gas will be looking to bounce back after a midweek defeat to Portsmouth which saw them finish the game with 10-men.

Darrell Clarke’s side has yet to pick up a point at home with their solitary win of the season coming away to Wycombe, but they did manage to dispatch Crawley on home soil in the Carabao Cup. 

Bristol Rovers: LWWLLL

Southend United: LWLDLD

5th May 2018: Southend United 0 vs 0 Bristol Rovers

9th December 2017: Bristol Rovers (Bodin, Harrison, Sercombe) 3 vs 0 Southend United

11th March 2017: Bristol Rovers (Bodin, Gaffney) 2 vs 0 Southend United

Midfielder Timothee Dieng has been rated as 50/50 by manager Chris Powell after the Frenchman was subbed at half-time against Luton with a calf injury.

Luke Hyam returned from a hamstring problem to replace Dieng at Kenilworth Road and would slot straight into the midfield if needed, with fellow midfielder Sam Barratt out long term.

Harry Lennon remains out due to a broken toe while Blues boss Chris Powell will be absent from the sidelines as he serves a one-game touchline ban after being sent off against Plymouth.

Bristol Rovers will be without midfielder Chris Lines after the 32-year-old was given his marching orders against Portsmouth in midweek.

Gas boss Darrell Clarke though is hopeful of a return from Sam Matthews after the midfielder missed out on the defeat to Pompey with an ankle injury. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“It went for us last week against Bradford, should’ve done against Plymouth, and we all know what happened against Doncaster, but you move on.

“Over the course of 46 games it’s going to happen. You have to bounce back, it’s your reaction and how you deal with it.

“We’ve got a few knocks for Saturday, some players 50/50 for Saturday. I like a settled group.

“Everyone saw how we worked as a team last year and we didn’t have too many changes because that helps to get some consistency into your team.”

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager:

"I watched their game against Luton and I know that Chris wasn't too happy with his sides performance, but I thought they were on the front-foot for most of the game.

"It's going to be another tough game for us, they've certainly got a lot of footballers that can play expansive football.

"It should be a good game to watch on the eye and it's one we are looking forward too."

Tickets for the game can no longer be brought in advance!

Tickets can be purchased at the ground on the day of the game using cash or card and have no price increase for the advanced ticket sale value.

Prices are as follows:

Away South Stand Seating – enter through turnstiles 24-26

Away Terrace Visitors Terrace

Adults

£22.00

Adults

£18.00

65+/ 16-25

£18.00

65+/ 16-25

£14.00

Under 16

£10.00

Under 16

£10.00

Under 11

£5.00

Under 11

£5.00

Wheelchair tickets

Tickets are priced at Adults £11.00, 65+/16-21 £9.00 under 16 £7.00, carer is free of charge, please note these are situated in front of the away south stand, which is uncovered. These are only available by contacting the Ticket Office

Ambulant disabled

Tickets are charged at Adults £11.00 65+/16-21 £9.00 under 16 £7.00, carer is free of charge and are reserved in the South Stand front row. These are only available by contacting the Ticket office. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Southend United

25 August 2018

Tom Hopper’s first-half goal gifted Blues their first win on the road this season…

The number nine’s goal not only got Blues on the scoresheet for the first time in over six years at the Memorial Stadium but also their first win against the Pirates in their last seven attempts in the league.

The suspended Chris Powell made two changes to his side from the midweek clash, with Theo Robinson coming in for Simon Cox and the experienced Michael Kightly coming in for Timothee Dieng.

Blues who were in search of a reaction from Tuesday nights 2-0 defeat to Luton were all over Bristol Rovers from the first whistle. 

Powell's side started well and came close to scoring within the first minute following a quick counter-attack from kick-off, but Michael Kightly’s cross was punched away from the high rising Michael Turner. 

Up the other end, Bristol had their first chance after Kyle Bennett broke through the midfield and played a through ball to the pacy Stefan Payne but Blues’ skipper Mark Oxley was at hand to stop an early share of spoils for themselves. 

The Pirates almost handed Blues a 1-0 goal advantage but Bristol keeper Adam Smith just poked Ed Upson’s back pass away from goal. 

But the hosts came close after their little miss hap when Liam Sercombe pinged the ball into Oxley’s box and found the poked out toe of Payne who’s effort rose high into the air and bounced off the cross-bar. 

The first change of the game came when Bristol midfielder Sercome had to come off following a collision with Jason Demetriou, the number seven was replaced by Alex Rodman. 

Blues had a penalty shout halfway through the first-half when Theo Robinson was brought down in the area but the referee Ross Joyce waved the claims away and gave the hosts a goal-kick. 

Powell’s side got their revenge however and went infront just before half-time. Theo Robinson found room to swing the ball into the box from outside the area and the forward’s ball was flicked on by Kightly in the centre of the box leaving the advancing Tom Hopper open to smash the ball home from six-yards out. 

The Pirates came out the stronger of the two sides in the second-half and came close to scoring the leveler withing five minutes, but Oxley saved Ollie Clarke’s 20-yard shot with ease.

The hosts kept piling the pressure onto Blues and in an attempt to aid this they brought on their final two subs. Stefan Payne and Tom Nichols both came off for Alex Jakubiak and Gain Reilly. 

After a number of appeals, Bristol got a free-kick outside the area but Rodman’s set piece was sent straight into the head of Turner who smashed the ball away from goal.

Blues’ first change of the game saw a swap up top with Theo Robinson coming off for Simon Cox as Powell’s side aimed to double their lead. 

The game started to fall Blues’ way in the dying minutes of the game and both frontmen had golden opportunities to extend the lead. 

Cox was fed a great ball from Coker and the number 10 was through on goal only to be brought down in the area and regain his stride to lay the ball to Mantom who sends the ball wide.

Moments later another chance came about with a great counter-attacking move between Sam Mantom and Stephen McLaughlin. Macca burst down the left and side and fired a low cross into the box which was met by the diving header of Hopper who’s effort was deflected over the bar. 

McLaughlin had run his socks off for the entirety of the game and in turn, was subbed off in the 86th minute for Stephen Hendrie.

The Pirates kept pushing and pushing for the equaliser right to the final whistle but their efforts came to nothing as Powell’s solid back four battered away any attempt that came their way.

The final change of the evening meant the impressive Kightly came off for youngster Michael Klass, with the number 20 gaining another few minutes under his belt.

Saturday 25th August 2018

The Memorial Stadium

Bristol Rovers vs Southend United (League One)

Bristol Rovers: Smith, J.Clarke, Lockyer ©, Craig, Broadbent, Sercombe, O.Clarke, Upson, Nichols, Payne (Jakubiak), Bennett. 

Southend United: Oxley ©, Bwomono, Turner, White, Coker, Kightly (Klass), Demetriou, Mantom, McLaughlin, Hopper, Robinson (Cox). 

Goal Scorer:

Southend – Tom Hopper (41’)

Yellow Cards

Bristol – Payne (11’) Jakubiak (75’)

Southend – Coker (45+2’) (Demetriou 75’)

Red Cards:

N/A

Attendance – 8172 (356 Blues supporters)

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