Bristol Rovers v Rotherham United Match Preview  

By Simon Gray

Two out of form teams meet at the Memorial Stadium this weekend as Bristol Rovers face Rotherham United.

Rovers have lost their last six matches in all competitions and now sit just one point above the relegation zone, having been closer to the playoffs six weeks ago.

The run has seen Rovers manager Darrell Clarke come under increasing pressure and the 39-year-old has spoken about what has kept him at the club.

“I feel for our fans,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“I don’t mind saying openly that the only reason I’m here now is for the supporters. We’re a backs to the wall club and that looks like it’s continuing at the minute.”

“I’m staying around and while I’ve got the majority of Rovers fans support I’ll stay around.

“I certainly feel let down, as do the supporters at the minute because nothing has happened and it’s got to happen.

“I know I harped on about it in the summer, but the supporters have had kicks in the teeth for years now and we’ve got to try and cheer them up. That’s by me as a manager trying to get football results so we can get them positive again.

“I certainly feel for them, one of the reasons why I stayed behind is the fantastic supporters that we’ve got and they’ve certainly had their fair share of kicks.

“They’ve been great with me but there is always going to be a few that are disgruntled.”

Clarke has one new injury worry for the match after Ryan Sweeney limped off in the first half of the loss at Blackburn and will be without Johnny Burn after the defender joined National League North side York City on loan until January.

Rotherham go into the game having not won in their last six.

The Millers are six places and five points above Rovers in the division but manager Paul Warne has said that the game will not be an easy one.

“Bristol Rovers are on a bad run, we’re not on a great run and without a shadow of a doubt the first goal will be important for either team,” Warne told the Rotherham Advertiser

“We don’t underestimate anyone. Bristol played really well at Blackburn last week and were unlucky to lose. They hit the bar twice and for part of the game, they were the better team.

“We’ve watched them the last three or four matches and know the way they can play, so we’ll set up a team as we always do to try and win on the road.”

Ben Purrington and Jon Taylor have both been injured in recent weeks and it looks likely that they will miss the game although they are both close to a return.

Stats

Rovers have fallen behind in 13 matches this season and have lost 12 of them.

The last time these two sides met at the Memorial Stadium was in 2013 where Rotherham won 2-1.

This will be the 57th meeting between the two sides, Rovers have won 22, Rotherham have won 20 and there have been 14 draws.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 43/92 clubs in England and counting.

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