Bristol Rovers v Exeter City Match Preview

Stuart Sinclair in action away at Exeter.  (Credit: Bristol Post)

Stuart Sinclair in action away at Exeter.
(Credit: Bristol Post)


By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers go up against Exeter City this weekend in a bid to put pressure on the teams above them

Rovers slipped from third to fifth after Tuesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw away at Stevenage and manager Darrell Clarke has said labelled Saturday’s match as Rovers’ “biggest game since the play-off final”.

“There is never any room for error at any point in the season for me, but I can’t stress enough the significance of this game towards what we’d like to achieve”, Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“No games are won on paper but we face teams in the bottom two in our last two games so that really makes the one against Exeter on Saturday absolutely huge for us.

“It is certainly our biggest game since the play-off final last year and we need everybody right behind us. If you’re not usually a singer get singing and if you’re a quiet fan get loud.”

Exeter, who up until March looked set for mid-table mediocrity went a 10 game unbeaten run which helped them reach within just a few points off the play offs.

But now after a 3-2 home defeat to Mansfield Town last time out, they look set to miss out on the play off positions but manager Paul Tisdale has said that his team are ‘playing for their futures’.

“The next three games will dictate decisions I make.

“We’re not in a position where I can say ‘yes, we’re plodding along in mid-table and we know what we’re going to do’,” Tisdale told BBC Sport.

Both managers look set to have a fully fit squad at their disposal although Stuart Sinclair remains a doubt for Rovers and midfielder Matt Oakley looks set to miss out for Exeter.


The main reason behind Rovers’ surge up the table in 2016 has been their home form.

The Gas have won 11 of their last 12 matches at the Memorial Stadium but the Grecians on looking for their sixth away victory on the bounce.

Matty Taylor and Darrell Clarke picked up March’s Player and Manager of the Month for Rovers where as Ollie Watkins picked up the young Player of the Month award for Exeter.

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