Bury v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel to a Bury this weekend still looking for their first league win.

Rovers go to Gigg Lane sitting at the foot of the League One table having lost both of their opening league games.

After what was labelled as a ‘disastrous start’ by Rovers boss Darrell Clarke in the post match interview after the 4-1 defeat to Peterborough, his players have now had more time on the training pitch and the Rovers boss is keen to put their early season form behind them as quickly as possible.

“You’re always concerned when you’re losing games whether it’s early in the season or the middle of the season”, Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“But it wasn’t a great seven days for us, but that’s what it is – the first seven days.

“It’s not about where you start, it’s about the finishing position, that’s where you deserve to finish in the league, and obviously it’s a long-term project.

James Clarke is still considered a doubt for the match after his injury against Charlton on the opening day; this is due to Darrell Clarke giving no indication as to whether he would be available against Bury.

He may make a number of changes though after describing some of his players mentally weak last time out.

Bury go into the game having lost 4-1 last time out, just like this weekend’s opponents. They were beaten convincingly by Wigan Athletic in a match that saw Bury manager Lee Clark discuss outgoings rather than incomings afterwards. Clark said that up to four players could leave before the summer transfer window slams shut.

“The squad is starting to creep up in numbers,” Clark told the Bury Times.

“I didn’t want that to happen. That means three or four players who might be surplus to requirements can, if they feel it’s right, go and seek first-team football somewhere else.

“Certainly, you don’t want senior players who are not playing on a regular basis. Players that are going to be surplus to requirements will have to realise that as well.

“If they don’t get that move or take the move that is on offer then they will find it a difficult few months ahead.

“We have got two exceptional young players in Tsun Dai and Callum Styles, so if we’re going to make any changes then it’s those lads that are going to be called upon before Andrew (Tutte).”

Bury are without midfielder Stephen Dawson for up to five months after he had surgery on his knee. Alex Bruce is set to start once again after scoring on his debut for the Shakers last weekend.


The last time these two sides met at Gigg Lane, it ended 3-0 to Bury earlier this year.

In the 47 meetings between the two sides, Bury have beaten Rovers 18 times, Rovers have won 17 and there have been 12 draws.

Rovers have only beaten Bury once in their last six visits to Gigg Lane.

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