Bristol Rovers v Accrington Stanley Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers host Accrington Stanley in their first home match of the season this weekend with both sides hoping to bounce back from opening day defeats.

Rovers lost 2-1 away at Peterborough United whilst Accrington suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Gillingham.

This is also the first fixture for both sides after Thursday’s deadline for permanent transfers, with Rovers bringing in two strikers, Stefan Payne on a permanent deal from Shrewsbury and Alex Jakubiak on loan from Watford.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke spoke of his delight at signing Jakubiak on loan and discussed just what he would bring to the side.

“We are delighted to have agreed a deal bring Alex to the club for the season,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“Alex has got past EFL experience and enjoyed a successful loan spell in Scotland last season.”

“He will add to our competition in the attacking positions and we hope to be able to bring the best out of his game during his spell with us.”

Rovers will have Ollie Clarke available after he served his suspension during the match with Peterborough whilst both new signings are also available. Joe Partington, Stuart Sinclair and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis remain on the sidelines.

Accrington go into the match at the Memorial Stadium having done some deadline day business of their own. Goalkeeper Connor Ripley, who played against Rovers last season whilst on loan at Bury, joined on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough and striker Andy Mangan returned to the club for a third spell after leaving Bala Town.

There was also an outgoing on deadline day for the Accies, with striker Kayden Jackson joining Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee.

Accrington manager John Coleman spoke to the club’s website about Saturday’s test and how it could go either way.

“They’ve got a good manager, they’ve got good players and we’ve got to formulate a way of beating them,” he said.

“It will be tough, they’re in the same position as us with no points after the first game.

“I’ve watched their game against Peterborough a couple of times and there was not a lot in it to be fair.

“If we’re not at our best they can hurt us, but if we are at our best then we can hurt them.”

Bristol Rovers INS: Theo Widdrington (Portsmouth FC), Gavin Reilly (St. Mirren), Sam Matthews (Bournemouth U21), Ed Upson (MK Dons), Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town), Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Huddersfield Town), Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town), Alex Jakubiak (Watford).


Ellis Harrison (Ipswich Town), Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town), Lee Brown (Portsmouth) Byron Moore (Bury), Rory Gaffney (Salford City), Kenan Dünnwald-Turan (Released), Jonathan Burn (Darlington)

Accrington Stanley INS: Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United), Will Wood (Southampton U23), Andy Mangan (Bala Town), Sam Finley (AFC Fylde), Matthew Platt (Blackburn Rovers U23), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough FC),Offrande Zanzala (Derby County U23), Andrew Scott (Maiden City).

OUTS: Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town), Aaron Chapman (Peterborough United), Akeel Francis (Unattached), Mekhi McLeod (FC Halifax Town), Janoi Donacien (Ipswich Town).


The fixture between these two sides was at the Wham Stadium in January 2016, it ended 1-0 to Accrington.

The last time these two sides played at the Memorial Stadium was in September 2015, the scoreline also ended 1-0 to Accrington.

Rovers have lost the previous six meetings by one goal, 5 by the scoreline 1-0.

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