Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Morecambe

By Simon Gray

Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers will be looking to bounce back from consecutive away defeats when they entertain mid table Morecambe at the Memorial Stadium.

The Gas have only won once in their last five matches and are on the outskirts of the play off places, sitting in eighth position where as Morecambe come to the south west having not won in their previous six games.

Darrell Clarke is expecting a response from his side after their 3-1 away defeat to fellow promotion rivals Portsmouth last weekend.

“We’ve brushed ourselves down and I have been really pleased with the response in training. We have lost two difficult games on the bounce and what is important now is how the players respond at 3pm on Saturday.

“Morecambe drew with Portsmouth only a few days before we were beaten quite comprehensively by them on Saturday. That shows they are no mugs even if their form hasn’t been the best of late. Morecambe score a lot of goals, so we have to be wary of that potential threat, but it is more important to concentrate on what we do.” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

Clarke will be hoping to have top scorer Matty Taylor back in the side after he was not fit to start against Portsmouth due to a shoulder injury he picked up in training.

Jim Bentley’s out of form Morecambe side will go into the game with a fully fit starting 11 but the Shrimps’ boss has admitted he is not quite sure how full his bench will be.

“We’ll certainly have 11 that will go down and we’ll certainly have a couple on the bench.

“We’ve got a couple coming back from injury but we’ve got to make sure we don’t force it and they break down again because that’s the last thing we need.” Bentley told The Visitor.

 Stats

The last meeting between the two sides ended in a thrilling 4-3 Rovers away win.

Rovers’ top scorer Matty Taylor has 14 goals this season. Morecambe’s Shaun Miller has 11.

In the seven matches between the sides Rovers have won four, Morecambe have won 2 and there has been one draw.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 43/92 clubs in England and counting.

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