Chesterfield v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

Match Preview League One

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers go into the weekend fixture away at Chesterfield looking to turn around their recent form.

Rovers have not won in their last three league games and were thrashed in the midweek fixture at home to Charlton but manager Darrell Clarke insists that his players can turn things around.

“We’ve had setbacks at times during the last two seasons,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“What you have to do is draw a line under them and move on. What is important is how you respond to them. It’s a case of actions speak louder than words.

“We’ve said enough about the performance on Tuesday night. I didn’t think the score was a true reflection of the game, but the result has given a reality check that was probably needed.

“We were playing against a Charlton side that has a strike force that cost £1.1million. We have had a very good start to life in League One but let’s not get carried away with ourselves.

“We are nearly on 30 points and for me there have been a lot of positives to take out of the season so far. It is about how we respond as a group and it is now about what we do at Chesterfield on Saturday.”

Chesterfield go into the game having won their first match in 11 league games in midweek away at MK Dons.

The Spireites sit 23rd in the table but although manager Danny Wilson knows that Saturday’s match will be tough, he is hoping to capitalise on Rovers’ slight dip in form.

“They came in with a lot of momentum from promotion last season and Darrell Clarke has done a fantastic job there over the last few years,” he told the club’s website.

“The momentum he brought at the start of the season was there for all to see, maybe it’s plateaued a little bit, but they’re still in a great position challenging in the top six and they have a squad good enough.

“They have goal scorers which is always a bonus and we expect a very tough game, as most teams have had when they’ve been on their travels.”

“They are a very good team in the offensive mode of the game. It is very important that we keep their attacking qualities to a bare minimum to restrict their opportunities,” he told the club’s website.

“We have got to do as well as we did on Saturday in the first half when we are attacking and playing our own offensive game.

Team news for Chesterfield is that they are still sweating on the fitness of striker Ched Evans after missing the last two matches out with an ankle injury.

Other than that though Wilson is strengthened by Jon Nolan and Dan Gardner’s return from injury.

Rovers have a near fully fit squad for the clash with but defender Jake Clarke-Salter will be out for up to 12 weeks after breaking his arm in the 5-1 drubbing at home to Charlton.

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 Rovers have not won away at Chesterfield in 17 years, coming in the form of a 1-0 win in November 1999.

The last fixture between these two sides saw Chesterfield win 3-1 in February 2014.

Chesterfield left back Daniel Jones played 17 times for Rovers during a loan spell in 2010.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 40/92 clubs in England and counting.

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