Bristol Rovers v Southend United Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers entertain Southend United this weekend having brought their horrific run to an end.

Rovers beat Rotherham 2-1 last time out, ending a six match losing streak in all competitions.

Rovers are yet to draw this season and have not drawn a league match since February with manager Darrell Clarke explaining the possible reason for this.

“I was saying to my staff the other day ‘I’ve forgotten what a draw feels like.’ We want to win football matches, I’m a manager that likes to go for wins, if we’re chasing a game by a goal we’ll try and be quite expansive,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“I don’t think it particularly helps our defensive record at times, but you want to get back into games, which we’ve done a couple of times this season.

“Certainly at home, we’ve had matches where we’ve come back and won, and Saturday was another one of those.”

Rovers have no new injury worries ahead of the match so Clarke may select the same team that beat Rotherham last weekend.

Southend go into the game looking to pick up a win on the road for just the third time this season.

The Blues have won just one of their last seven away matches in all competitions and manager Phil Brown has insisted that if his side are to challenge for promotion then their away form needs to get better.

“At home, we’re displaying championship winning form so far but we need to be getting that away from home now too,” Brown told the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo.

“We’ve got 28 points this season and 20 of them have come at home, which gives the two points per game ratio we’re after at Roots Hall.

“But we need to match that away from home too, starting with tomorrow.”

Southend will have Michael Timlin available again after he sat out last weekend’s win at Oldham through suspension although Rob Kiernan is expected to be out for around two months after having an operation on his knee.

Stats

This is the 113th meeting between the two sides.

Southend have managed just one league victory in their last nine trips to Bristol Rovers.

Bristol Rovers have not failed to win a home match in December since 2012.

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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