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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





65+/ 16-25


65+/ 16-25


Under 16


Under 16


Under 11


Under 11


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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