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PREVIEW | Bristol Rovers vs Rovers

4 April 2021

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Rovers travel to Bristol Rovers on Easter Monday looking to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League One. 

Andy Butler’s side were beaten 1-0 at home to Charlton Athletic in their last league outing on Good Friday. 

 

Bristol Rovers’ recent form 

The Gas have failed to win any of their past six league outings, stretching back to a goalless draw at home to AFC Wimbledon on March 13. They have struggled since then to pick up good results and head into Monday’s game on the back of five straight defeats. 

Having been beaten on the road by Charlton Athletic, Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town, they have also lost on home soil to Swindon Town and Sunderland in that period. 

 

The man in charge 

Former Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton was appointed as Bristol Rovers manager in February. This is the 38-year-old’s second job at Sky Bet League One level having guided the Cod Army to a play-off place last season, where they were beaten over two legs by Wycombe Wanderers. 

 

Ones to watch 

Luke Leahy 

After making his professional debut in Scotland with Falkirk, Leahy played more than 150 times while north of the border before signing for Walsall in 2017. The 28-year-old quickly established himself in the EFL while with the Saddlers and was courted by a number of clubs when they were relegated at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. 

He signed for Bristol Rovers that summer and has developed his game further during his time at the Memorial Ground so far. He is currently enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career with nine so far. 

 

Luke McCormick 

The Chelsea loanee is now in his second loan spell in the EFL after a six-month spell with fellow Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town last season. He has found his feet since his move to Bristol Rovers in September, having played 33 times in the league so far. 

He has also chipped in with four goals, including a smart finish against Ipswich Town on Good Friday. 

 

Brandon Hanlan 

Hanlan was brought in on the eve of the new season as a replacement for the departing Jonson Clarke-Harris, who joined fellow Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United last summer.  

Having started his career with Charlton Athletic, the 23-year-old spent time on loan with Colchester United and Bromley, before he was released by the Addicks in 2018. Hanlan then signed for Gillingham and became a key part of their side over the past couple of seasons. The frontman has scored nine goals so far this season. 

 

Last time out 

Rovers ran out 4-1 winners when the two sides last met at the Keepmoat Stadium back in September. Goals from Joe Wright, Madger Gomes, Taylor Richards and Jon Taylor sealed all three points, with Luke Leahy grabbing a consolation goal for the visitors. 

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