Bristol Rovers v Cardiff City: EFL Cup Match Preview

Currently at Cardiff, Lennie Lawrence (left) Paul Trollope (right) previously in roles at Rovers. (Credit: Wales Online)

Currently at Cardiff, Lennie Lawrence (left) Paul Trollope (right) previously in roles at Rovers. (Credit: Wales Online)

By Simon Gray

The final EFL Cup first round fixture takes place on Thursday night as League One Bristol Rovers take on Championship side Cardiff City at the Memorial Stadium.

Cardiff travel over the Severn Bridge looking to buck the trend of their fellow Championship sides in the EFL Cup after seven out of the 15 Championship sides went out to lower league opposition including Ipswich being beaten at home by Stevenage.

Cardiff manager Paul Trollope, who recently left his coaching role with Wales, along with the club’s assistant coach Lennie Lawrence were in charge of Rovers the last time they were promoted to League One in 2007 and current Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has said that they deserve a ‘fantastic reception’ upon their return to Bristol.

“I expect Paul and Lennie to get a great reception,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“They did a great job at this club and we all know where it ended up not too long after they both left.

“I know how difficult this club can be to manage and it helps you to have a greater appreciation of the job that they both did during their time here.

“This club has only had six promotions since 1883 hand Paul and Lennie are among a very small group of people who have managed to achieve one of those. Paul’s record speaks for itself when you consider what he has done since he left the football club.

“He has worked in the Premier League and was an integral part of the coaching staff that helped Wales get to the semi-final of the European Championships. He will fully deserve the great reception I expect him to get on Thursday night.”

Cardiff go into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw away at Birmingham City on the weekend where as Rovers go into the game following a 3-1 defeat against Scunthorpe in their first match back in the third tier of English football.

Darrell Clarke will be hoping for a fully fit squad for the match after Liam Lawrence and Byron Moore both missed Saturday’s defeat to Scunthorpe.

Cardiff on the other hand have a fully fit squad according to boss Trollope, who also said that he wouldn’t be making major changes.

“It won’t be wholesale changes but we will look at personnel,” he said.

“We want to be fresh so we will use to the squad to make sure every game we go into we think we can win and fresh.”


The last time these two sides met was the 26th August 2009 with the Bluebirds winning 3-1. Current Cardiff boss Trollope was in charge of Rovers that day.

Rovers centre back Tom Lockyer was part of Cardiff’s youth team before moving to the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers have not beaten Cardiff in their last four meetings, the last win for the Gas came back in 1995.



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