MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Stevenage this weekend coming off the back of one of the most well rounded performances of the season last time out.

The Gas beat promotion chasing Sutton United 2-0 in midweek but it could have been 5 or 6 had they taken their chances.

Paul Coutts missed a penalty and Aaron Collins had a goal disallowed for offside in what boss Joey Barton called a coming of age performance.

“I thought the lads were excellent right across the board,” Barton told BristolLive.

“If I have one criticism thought, it’s that we didn’t improve our goal difference and get ourselves at least at level par if not in the positives because we know what a good side Sutton are.

“The lads have got them organised superbly. 10 days ago when we went down there, we were happy with a point but we did feel if we got them back on our park, on a bigger pitch, we’d dust them off and we were confident in doing that.

“I thought the lads really came of age tonight with that performance, as I said the one critique I’ve got is that we didn’t get a third, fourth or fifth goal because we certainly had chances to do that based on how well the boys played.”

Barton may be able to call upon Anthony Evans and Ryan Loft for Saturday’s game at the Lamex Stadium as the pair continue their comebacks from injury. Alfie Kilgour and Josh Grant could also return to the matchday squad.

Stevenage go into the game winless in four but have managed to turn their form around since Paul Tisdale took charge in November.

The Boro were 21st and just five points above the relegation zone when Tisdale took over but an upturn in form has seen them rise to 17th in the table.

Tisdale, who Joey Barton succeeded at the Memorial Stadium had a tough spell during his time in charge and will be hoping to get one over his former employers.

Tisdale will be unable to call on Zain Westbrooke for the match to feature against his parent club due to the loan agreement between the two sides.

Luke Prosser is suspended for the match after a late red card in the 0-0 draw with Barrow last weekend.

The former Bristol Rovers boss does however have former Rovers players Chris Lines, Ed Upson and James Daly available to face their former club.

Lineup Predictions:

Stevenage Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pym (GK); James-Wildin, Cuthbert, Vancooten, Clements, Taylor, Lines, Bostwick, List, Norris, Reid.

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (4-3-3):

Score Predictions:

Max, Mets and Simon: Stevenage 1-2 The Gas

Sam: Stevenage 0-2 The Gas