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Preview: Bristol Rovers (A)

16 November 2018

The Iron return to Sky Bet League One action this Saturday when they take on Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium (3pm kick-off)

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17 November 2018

Stuart McCall’s side will be looking to build on the second-half comeback against Oxford United a fortnight ago in their last league outing. Meanwhile, seven days ago the side managed to edge past Burton Albion to progress to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup following goals from James Perch and Lee Novak.

It was a much-changed side in midweek as the Iron were edged out of the Checkatrade Trophy at the hands of Mansfield Town.

Meanwhile, the Pirates ran out comfortable 3-0 away winners at Blackpool in their last league game 14 days ago, but were held to a stalemate by National League side Barnet in the FA Cup and will require a replay next week.

Despite already sealing their progression in the Checkatrade Trophy, Rovers were on the end of a 2-0 defeat at Exeter City in their latest game on Tuesday night.

TEAM NEWS…

The Iron made eight changes ahead of their Checkatrade Trophy encounter in midweek and are likely to largely revert back to the side that triumphed over Burton Albion last weekend.

Funso Ojo came through 90 minutes on his return from a hamstring injury and has had no reaction as a result, so comes into contention for the game, while Yasin Ben El-Mhanni will be in the manager's thought process after a goal and an assist on his Iron debut.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was an unused substitute in midweek following his return from a hip flexor injury and will continue to push Lewis Butroid for the left-back spot, while Matthew Lund and Lee Novak have both trained this week following knocks last weekend. Charlie Goode has also recovered from a thigh problem.

Jordan Clarke faces at least six weeks on the sidelines with a ruptured tendon in his shoulder, while Levi Sutton will also sit out for the next four-to-six weeks after tearing his thigh in training.

Elsewhere, Josh Morris (jaw), Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (arm) continue to miss out, while George Thomas is on international duty with Wales.

PAST MEETINGS… 
The Iron were last at the Memorial Stadium back in February when a last minute Ellis Harrison strike from close range denied the side of all three points following Duane Holmes' scrappy opener.

Previously, United had been beneficiaries of a late goal with Neal Bishop netting in the fourth minute of added time to snatch the victory at Glanford Park just over a year ago.

Scunthorpe have drawn their last three encounters at Bristol Rovers.

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2017-18 - Sat 24 Feb LG 1 Bristol R 1-1 Iron Holmes
2017-18 - Sat 11 Nov LG 1 Iron 1-0 Bristol R Bishop
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 19  7 30  25 
Away 19  18  36 
TOTAL 38  14  15  48  61

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE… 
Saturday: 
Fleetwood Town v Walsall (12noon)
Accrington Stanley v Barnsley
Burton Albion v Coventry City
Doncaster Rovers v AFC Wimbledon
Luton Town v Plymouth Argyle
Oxford United v Gillingham
Peterborough United v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale
Southend United v Blackpool
Sunderland v Wycombe Wanderers


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