Bristol Rovers v Port Vale Match Preview

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By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league this weekend when they entertain Port Vale at the Memorial Stadium.

The Gas had drawn four in a row before a dramatic turnaround against Swindon on Tuesday in which they scored twice in the space of 13 seconds to help them secure a 2-1 win and now first team coach Steve Yates wants the players to build on the momentum from that game in preparation for Saturday’s match.

“It was a nice to win a derby match but it was more important that we won the game regardless of the opposition,” Yates said in an interview with the Bristol Post.

“It was a great performance for 84 minutes. I think we thoroughly deserved all three points.

“We kept pressing and created a lot of chances and we got our rewards for that.

“It gives us something to build on and that is what we will be trying to do in front of our own fans at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.”

Extending their unbeaten run will not be easy though, Port Vale sit in fifth place having beaten Gillingham 2-1 last weekend but have struggled away from home this season, picking up just two points from their four games on the road. Manager Bruno Ribeiro is now keen sorting his side’s away form out sooner rather than later.

“We try to win because it is a hard game. Bristol need the points too, but we need to change away from home,” he told the Stoke Sentinel.

“At home it has been fantastic, 100 per cent victories and away from home we need to change.

“We will prepare and see our tactics for this game because we need to change something away from home and we need to win away from home.

“Maybe when we play away from home some players are nervous. It is different here, they have the supporters helping them all the time because we have very good supporters, and maybe away some are nervous, but we will change this.”

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke may decide to make changes after a triple substitution helped them come from behind at the County Ground.


Rovers have only beaten Port Vale twice in their 10 meetings since the turn of the century.

Rovers midfielder Chris Lines spent two years at Vale Park, scoring three times in 61 games.

The last meeting at the Memorial Stadium came in 2013 where Rovers won 2-0.


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