MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers

It’s a battle of two Rovers’ this weekend as Bristol Rovers and Doncaster Rovers face each other with Bristol Rovers boss Ben Garner still looking for his first win in charge.

The Gas head into the game above Doncaster in the league table by two points but both sides are in touching distance of the play offs half way into the League One season.

In his press conference ahead of the game, manager Garner spoke about how he has found his first few weeks in charge.

“I’m not enjoying it just because of results, to be honest,” he told Bristol Live.

“We want to win, we want to do well, so I’m disappointed that we haven’t had more positive results in this short period of time, but I’ve enjoyed the welcome to the club.

“I have to say the staff, the players, the supporters, everyone has been different class in that respect, so I feel the warmth and support of the club. I’m desperate to do well.

“There’s things away from the coaching side that I’ve had to get used to and aspects of the club that are new to me and different from what I’ve experienced previously.

“I’m getting more and more settled and looking forward to some possible results now, and then pushing forwards until the end of the season.

Team news for Rovers is that Garner will be able to call on the majority of the squad used for their game against Stevenage. New signings Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Josh Barrett are set to make their league debuts but Anssi Jaakkola Ollie Clarke, Abu Ogogo, Mark Little, Josh Hare and Sam Matthews remain out. Midfielder Ed Upson is available despite his red card in the defeat to Stevenage in the Trophy.

Doncaster go into the game having won three of their last four league games and manager Darren Moore has called on his side to do more of the same ahead of the match at the Memorial Stadium.

“We’re away from home and usually away from home you need to be resilient and show that strength,” he told the Doncaster Free Press.

 “And when you get the ball you’ve got to be good on it.

“Also at the same time you’ve got an opposition looking to implement their style and you’re trying to counteract that.

“It’s another tough game for us. It’s a fantastic place, a wonderful ground with lots of history and tradition there.

“It’s a wonderful footballing playing surface and we’re looking forward to this game.”

Team news for Donny is that Cameron John is set to be part of the squad after shaking off a hamstring injury while Matty Blair will travel with the team as he closes in on a return after almost four months out.

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI
Doncaster Rovers Predicted XI