Notts County v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

After an emphatic 4-1 demolition over Hartlepool in midweek, Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers travel to another struggling side in the form of Notts County this weekend.

County, who lie in 17th place, have failed to win in their last four matches, losing three of them have lost five of manager Jamie Fullarton’s nine matches in charge and have failed to win a home game since he replaced Ricardo Moniz at Meadow Lane.

Fullarton will be hoping for that to change though when Bristol Rovers, a team who Fullarton coached at youth team level visit.

“It is a club I know well because I was fortunate enough to work there before I went to Crystal Palace with Dougie Freedman,” he told the Nottingham Post.

“I’ve a lot of good friends there and there has obviously been a change there with new owners going in.

“I have a lot of good memories from there. I worked with a reasonable group of kids, eight of whom went to play in the first team.

“They have sold three of them so it was a successful and fruitful time for me.”

Fullarton will come up against Rovers’ central defender Tom Lockyer, a man who Fullarton helped in that youth setup. Lockyer has spoken of his admiration for the Magpies’ manager and that he will turn it around in his time at County.

“He played a massive role in my development as a player,” said Lockyer speaking to the Bristol Post.

“I think that really shaped my development and made me who I am today so I owe him a debt of gratitude for that.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that he will turn that situation around. It will be hard for him after going in halfway through the season, but if he has time in the summer to bring his own players in he’ll do very well there without a doubt.”

Rob Milsom is a fresh injury concern for Notts County whilst defender Scot Bennett is still recovering from the knock he sustained at Luton a month ago.

Rovers have lost Stuart Sinclair for the next six weeks of their promotion push where as striker Rory Gaffney also looks set to miss the trip to Meadow Lane after suffering a hamstring injury against the Pools.

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The last fixture between these sides came earlier this where a 0-0 draw was played out at the Memorial Stadium in October.

Rovers are unbeaten in their previous five matches against County, winning four of them.

County haven’t won at home in five matches dating back to December 12th. Rovers have lost their last three away games.

 

 

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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