Bury v Bristol Rovers Match Preview
By Simon Gray
Bristol Rovers travel to a relegation threatened team in the form of Bury this week as they continue to push for the play offs.
Rovers travel to Gigg Lane hoping to extend their nine match unbeaten run having beaten Southend United 2-0 last time out but manager Darrell Clarke insists his side are not getting carried away.
“We’re not getting carried away. People are talking about the play-offs, and that is something for the supporters to enjoy,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.
“We have to put that to one side and get in the mind-set of taking each game as it comes, as boring as it sounds.
“We’re chasing but six wins from our last nine games would get us there. You never know, but we have to concentrate on ticking the games off as they come along.”
With that win at home to Southend, Rovers now sit in eighth place and just four points off of Millwall in sixth, although the Lions have two games in hand over Rovers.
Rovers are without Ollie Clarke, who is serving the second of his two-match suspension. Fellow midfielder Stuart Sinclair missed the win over Southend after picking up a knock in training but Darrell Clarke gave no indication as to whether he would be available against Bury.
He is however boosted by the return of on-loan Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter, who came on as a substitute in Saturday’s game and may play a part this week.
Bury go into the game having lost just once in the last seven games but still sit just three points above the drop zone in 19th and had to settle for a point last time out, drawing 0-0 at fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic.
Bury manager Lee Clark though, respected the point and thought it was a fair result.
“If you can’t win we must respect the point,” Clark told the Bury Times. “We kept a clean sheet but it was a tough game in tough conditions.
“It was a local derby, it wasn’t the greatest of surfaces and I thought we were the better team in the first half.
“Oldham made a couple of tactical changes which put us under pressure early in the second half and then my lads finished strongly and had some decent opportunities.”
Bury may be without midfielder Jacob Mellis for Tuesday night’s match after he limped off at Boundary Park with a gashed leg. If he does not manage to make the game then Clark may opt to start Andrew Tutte who came on at half time or Kean Byran, after the midfielder was brought on as Mellis’ replacement.
This will be the 47th meeting between the two sides. Interestingly, Rovers and Bury both have 17 wins each against each other along with 12 draws.
The last time these two sides met at Gigg Lane ended 2-1 to Bury in April 2014.
The reverse fixture between these two sides earlier in the season ended in a 4-2 Rovers win with goals from four different scorers, Rory Gaffney, Matty Taylor, Ollie Clarke and Peter Hartley were all on the scoresheet that night.