Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Two teams struggling in League One go head to head this weekend as Burton Albion face Bristol Rovers at the Pirelli Stadium.

Rovers head into the game in 21st place but are only one point behind the Brewers and manager Darrell Clarke has said how ‘it is time for one or two of his players need to step up’.

“The match winners previously haven’t been doing their job so it might be time for one or two to step up to the plate and try and take on that mantle to kick us on while not giving up on the rest of the players,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“I think people know that the way myself and my staff work we try and get the best out of players all the time while they’re representing Bristol Rovers.

“That’s all the way through the youth, the 23s and the first team, making sure we keep working on players.

“We’ve got to produce more, we know that, certainly the buck stops with me with regards to getting that improvement out of players. The other night one or two got an opportunity and took it.”

Clarke has a selection headache on his hands after goal shy Rovers beat Yeovil in midweek with regular substitutes Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman scoring. Tom Lockyer could be back from injury but Stefan Payne is expected to miss the game.

Burton go into the game struggling for form themselves.

The Brewers are winless in four and have slid down to 18th in the league and manager Nigel Clough has said that both his side and Saturday’s opponents are overdue a break.

“They are in a little run where everything seems to be going against them and they are only a win or two from turning things around – just like ourselves,” Clough told the club’s website.

“We don’t think we have ever had a run of games like this where we have played so well with so little points reward, the level of performance and some of the football we are playing is of a very high standard it’s just turning that into people finishing chances off.”

“They are a good team, a good squad and have a good manager and they just need that break.

“Good fortune plays such a big part in football and we feel we are being punished for every mistake.

“If we are saying one mistake might cost us the game then we can’t afford to make that mistake at the moment.”

Burton striker Liam Boyce will miss the game due to international duty whilst Bradley Collins could return in goal in place of Dimitar Evtimov.


This will only be the seventh meeting between the two sides.

Rovers have never won at the Pirelli Stadium, drawing once and losing twice in three visits.

The last time these two sides met was at the Memorial Stadium where goals from David Clarkson and John-Joe O’Toole ensured a 2-0 win for the Gas.

One Response to “Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

  • Andrew She'll
    5 months ago

    Thanks Simon
    There are some really grim sides in Div 1 and unfortunately Rovers are one of them.
    The indications are that things are not right both on and off the pitch.
    With the collapse of the stadium deal virtually everything has been on the downward spiral.
    Rovers really needed a new location if they had any chance of moving forward.of
    Real shame for us supporters.
    Bet DC now wishes he had taken the Leeds post

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