Bristol Rovers v Coventry City Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers hope to record their first win at home in the league this season as they entertain Coventry at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers’ two victories on home soil this term have come against Crawley in the League Cup and West Ham Under 21’s in the Checkatrade Trophy but they have drawn one and lost three in the league at the Mem so far this season.

The win over West Ham U21’s came with another couple of positives too with both Joe Partington and Stuart Sinclair gaining valuable minutes on their return from lengthy injury spells.

Manager Darrell Clarke has spoken of the importance of the pair being in and around the squad.

“Stuart Sinclair and Joe Partington are players that I call model professionals,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“They energise the other boys as well, not with their talking but the way they conduct themselves, the way they never stop running and working, that is what this football club has been built on since I have been manager.

“We have lost some of that and we need to get it back quickly and players coming back certainly helps that.”

Rovers will be without Liam Sercombe and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis for the match but there are no new injury concerns for Clarke ahead of the match.

Coventry visit the South West having made a decent start to life back in League One.

The Sky Blues were promoted via the League Two play offs last season and have now won three of their eight league games this season, including their last two.

Boss Mark Robins was in charge of the Sky Blues the last time the two sides met and insists his side are adjusting well to the third tier of English football.

“I have been saying for a while and been telling you doubting Thomases,” he told the Coventry Telegraph.

“I have said from the start that things will be OK.

“We have just come out of a difficult run of games and now we’re heading into another.

“But that’s the league and we’re happy to be back in this league and you have to remind yourself, not to fear anything.”

Coventry are without Jack Grimmer and Jodi Jones for the match but Brandon Mason will be available for selection after recovering from a hip injury.

Stats

The last time these two sides met was in March 2017 where the Sky Blues came out 1-0 winners.

The last time these two sides met at the Memorial Stadium was earlier that season, it ended in a 4-1 win for Rovers.

That win was Rovers’ first win over Coventry in the league since 1953.

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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