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Preview: Bristol Rovers (H)

10 November 2017

The Iron return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday as they play Bristol Rovers at Glanford Park (3.00pm kick-off).

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11 November 2017

Graham Alexander’s team welcome the Pirates on the back of two cup encounters, which both ended in draws across the 90 minutes and two successive league victories. 

Tom Hopper, Duane Holmes and Josh Morris were all on the scoresheet in our last league outing against Oldham Athletic at the end of October, as the trio took their tallies to four, six and five in all competitions respectively.

The Iron will face a Rovers side who are yet to be involved in a draw so far, winning seven and losing nine of their 16 league games to date. The side are currently 13th in the league table.

TEAM NEWS… 
Alexander confirmed there were no new injuries acquired in the Northampton game a week ago. Therefore, he will have the same squad of players to choose from as he did for the match against the Cobblers, while he may also be able to welcome Conor Townsend and Neal Bishop into contention.

Bishop was set to be involved in training on Thursday to test the pain barrier following an upper body muscle injury, while defender Townsend returned to full training at the start of the week.

Elsewhere, Sam Mantom is still recovering from an injection on his groin problem.

Long-term absentees Jonathan Margetts (knee) and Luke Williams (hamstring) still continue to miss out, with Margetts confirmed to be missing for at least four months following surgery.

PAST MEETINGS… 
The Iron beat Bristol Rovers 3-1 at home in this corresponding fixture last season, which was the curtain raiser of the 2016-17 campaign.

United were 1-0 down at half time before Kevin van Veen smashed home the equaliser with a half-volley. Debutant Josh Morris would then bring the ball from his own half to rifle in the second before Kyle Wootton brushed home the third to complete victory.

The two side's shared the spoils back in February at the Memorial Stadium though, following a 1-1 draw.

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Sat 25 Feb LG 1 Bristol R 1-1 Iron Lockyer (og)
2016-17 - Sat 6 Aug  LG 1  Iron 3-1 Bristol R  van Veen, Morris, Wootton 
2013-14 - Tue 25 Feb  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Bristol R  Winnall 
2013-14 - Sat 10 Aug  LG 1  Bristol R 0-0 Iron   
2008-09 - Sat 14 Feb  LG 1  Iron 0-2 Bristol R   
2008-09 - Fri 14 Nov  LG 1  Bristol R 1-2 Iron  McCann, Iriekpen 
2004-05 - Sat 30 Apr  LG 2  Iron 4-0 Bristol R  Torpey 2, Hayes, Taylor 
2004-05 - Sat 20 Nov  LG 2  Bristol R 0-3 Iron  Hayes 2, Torpey 
2003-04 - Sat 10 Jan  DIV 3  Bristol R 1-0 Iron   
2003-04 - Sat 9 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 1-2 Bristol R  Beagrie 
2002-03 - Sat 18 Jan  DIV 3  Bristol R 2-1 Iron  Carruthers 
2002-03 - Sat 31 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 2-2 Bristol R  Dawson, Carruthers 
2001-02 - Sat 12 Jan  DIV 3  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Calvo-Garcia 
2001-02 - Sat 18 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 1-2 Bristol R  Quailey 
1999-00 - Sat 12 Feb  DIV 2  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Hope 
1999-00 - Sat 4 Sep  DIV 2  Iron 0-2 Bristol R   
1983-84 - Sat 25 Feb  DIV 3  Iron 2-2 Bristol R  Cammack, O'Berg 
1983-84 - Sat 22 Oct  DIV 3  Bristol R 4-1 Iron  Pointon 
1972-73 - Sat 7 Apr  DIV 3  Iron 0-2 Bristol R   
1972-73 - Sat 2 Dec  DIV 3  Bristol R 5-1 Iron  Fletcher 
1967-68 - Sat 10 Feb  DIV 3  Bristol R 4-0 Iron   
1967-68 - Sat 30 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Bristol R  Sloan 
1966-67 - Mon 24 Apr  DIV 3  Iron 3-1 Bristol R  Barton 2, Coatsworth 
1966-67 - Mon 24 Oct  DIV 3  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Thomas 
1965-66 - Tue 29 Mar  DIV 3  Bristol R 2-0 Iron   
1965-66 - Sat 16 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 3-0 Bristol R  Goodwin, Barton, Bedford 
1964-65 - Sat 20 Mar  DIV 3  Bristol R 2-0 Iron   
1964-65 - Sat 7 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Bristol R  Lindsey 
1961-62 - Mon 18 Sep  DIV 2  Bristol R 2-1 Iron  Thomas 
1961-62 - Tue 5 Sep  DIV 2  Iron 2-1 Bristol R  Godfrey, Thomas 
1960-61 - Sat 21 Jan  DIV 2  Bristol R 3-3 Iron  Thomas 2, Marriott 
1960-61 - Sat 10 Sep  DIV 2  Iron 2-1 Bristol R  Thomas 2 
1959-60 - Sat 5 Mar  DIV 2  Iron 3-4 Bristol R  Thomas 2, Donnelly 
1959-60 - Sat 17 Oct  DIV 2  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Donnelly 
1958-59 - Sat 3 Jan  DIV 2  Iron 0-0 Bristol R   
1958-59 - Sat 30 Aug  DIV 2  Bristol R 4-0 Iron   

Our full record against Bristol Rovers is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 18  29  25 
Away 18  17  35 
TOTAL 36  13  15  46  60 

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE… 
Saturday: 
Doncaster Rovers v Rotherham United
Blackpool v Portsmouth
Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle
Gillingham v Bury
Milton Keynes Dons v Fleetwood Town
Oxford United v Northampton Town


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