MATCH PREVIEW: Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Crawley this week looking to bounce back from a defeat that has slightly derailed their play-off bid.

Rovers were beaten 1-0 at Newport at the weekend in a result which meant that they are now 4 points off the top seven with 12 to play.

Boss Joey Barton, who has given his side high praise in recent weeks, was critical of the performamce, admitting they need to much better if they want to end the season strongly.

“I didn’t think we were good enough in the first half, if I’m honest,” Barton told BristolLive.

“I didn’t think we were as good as we could be. Too many of our usual good performers didn’t have good performances.

“So we adjusted at half time. We huffed and puffed in the second half. They were slowing the game down and running the clock down.

“For me the referee allowed a little too much time-wasting. But we kept huffing and puffing.

“We were nowhere near our best and we didn’t get anything out of the game. If you want to come to these sides and take maximum points you have to play much better.

“So, 12 to go. Disappointed but we pick ourselves up and go again Tuesday.”

Barton may be without Connor Taylor after the defender came off at half time at Rodney Parade due to an ankle problem. Barton may also opt to give Jon Nolan his first start for The Gas after he made his debut off the bench at the weekend.

Crawley go into the game as one of the few sides in the division that can neither trouble the top seven or be troubled by the teams below them.

The Red Devils are sat in 13th place, 10 points off the play offs and 14 points off the relegation zone.

The midweek match will be the fourth home game in a row for Crawley after they beat table topping Forest Green before drawing to the league’s bottom two cubs, Oldham and Scunthorpe.

Crawley will be without manager John Yems on the sideline after he was given a three match ban by the FA for using abusive and insulting words to a match official at the end of their match with Hartlepool last month.

Yems has no new injury concerns for the clash with The Gas and may opt to name the same side that drew 0-0 with Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Lineup Predictions:

Crawley Town Predicted XI (5-3-2): Morris (GK), Tsaroulla, Craig, Tunnicliffe, Lynch, Ferry, Payne, Powell, Francomb, Hutchinson, Nadesan.

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

Score Predictions:

Jack: Crawley Town 0-2 The Gas

Max: Crawley Town 2-4 The Gas

Mets and Simon: Crawley Town 1-2 The Gas