Coventry City v Bristol Rovers Match Preview
By Simon Gray
Around 4000 Bristol Rovers fans will be travelling to Coventry this season hoping for their team to maintain their play off chase.
Rovers’ First Team coach spoke of how great it is to hear about the travelling support going into the weekend’s fixture.
“I’ve heard there will be 3,500 to 4,000 going up there, it’s fantastic”, Yates told the Bristol Post.
“Once again it shows they want to come and watch Rovers play and they know the players out on that pitch are going to give them everything.
“The support is just fantastic for the players and the club.
“My message to the fans is simply to back us as they always do. They’ve been fantastic since the Conference days when I came back here and they followed us everywhere in that season and everywhere since.
“I want everyone to get behind us as they always do.”
After last weekend’s win over Chesterfield, Darrell Clarke’s side are just three points off of the play offs but have it all to do with Millwall currently occupying sixth place and having two games in hand on Rovers but Yates has said all they can do is maintain their good run.
“All we can do is win games and see where it goes, we just want to pick up as many points as possible between now and the end of season.”
Rovers go into the game without Ryan Sweeney or Jake Clarke-Salter as the pair have both been called up by their countries for international duty with the Ireland U21 squad and the England U20s squad respectively. This means that Johnny Burn is set to get his first start since joining from Middlesbrough in January. Stuart Sinclair is back from suspension but Peter Hartley is still recovering from an Achilles injury.
Coventry head into the game on the back of a win of their own in midweek, beating relegation rivals Port Vale at the Ricoh Arena. The win is Mark Robins’ first since retaking charge of the club. The Sky Blues still remain bottom of the League One table, 14 points adrift of safety with just seven games to go.
The match may come too soon for journeyman striker Yakubu as he only returned to training this week after suffering a strain last month against Swindon Town but manager Robins spoke of his admiration of the 34-year-old.
“He’s had quality throughout the years, but we’ll need to work with him and assess him over the next week”, Robins told the club’s website, before adding, “No new injuries, we are as we were”.
The last fixture between these sides came earlier this season where Rovers ran rampant and thrashed the Sky Blues 4-1 at the Memorial Stadium in December.
This is the first time Rovers have travelled to Coventry since 1963.
It will be the 41st meeting between the two sides. Rovers have won 16, Coventry have won 15 with their being nine draws.