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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V BRISTOL ROVERS

20 September 2016

Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this evening when they host local rivals Bristol Rovers at The County Ground (7.45pm Kick-Of).


The two sides originally locked horns at the end of August but the game had to be abandoned following torrential downpour in Wiltshire.


Both teams will be looking to secure all three points and the local bragging rights tonight, with Town desperate to return to winning ways following two defeats on the bounce in the league.


.thRovers, on the other hand, have drawn their last three outings but are without a win since beating Oxford United 2-1 on August 14


The last time these two sides did battle prior to August ended in a 0-0 stalemate back in March 2012, with Town going on to clinch the League Two trophy under Paolo Di Canio that season.


swindontownfc.co.uk. with a full report, post-match reaction and a gallery of images to follow right here on (@Official_STFC)You can follow all of tonight’s action on Twitter


STAT ATTACK:


game between Town and Rovers, with the Robins able to boast a narrow head-to-record having claimed 64 wins to the Gas’ 62, with there being 20 draws in total.thThis evening’s meeting will be the 146


TICKET NEWS:


Tickets for the game are still available to buy and fans will be able to purchase their tickets at The County Ground up until kick-off or, alternatively, you can purchase online now:


https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/default.aspx


FULL RECORD V BRISTOL ROVERS:


P146 W64 D20 L62 F209 A220


FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):


TOWN - DWDLWL


BRISTOL ROVERS - DLLDDD


TOP SCORERS:


TOWN - Michael Doughty (2)


BRISTOL ROVERS - Matty Taylor (6)


TEAM NEWS:


TOWN - Both Lawrence Vigouroux and Lloyd Jones are available for selection after serving their one-game suspensions during the 2-1 defeat to Bury on Saturday.


Jamie Sendles-White (knee) is on the long-term injury list at SN1 and Michael Doughty is a few weeks away from returning after recently undergoing an operation to remove his appendix.


Jordan Young and Jordan Stewart are both on the road to recovery but tonight’s game may come too soon for the pair.


BRISTOL ROVERS - Liam Lawrence is the only long-term injury concern for the Gas, who have a fully-fit squad to choose from heading into tonight’s game at SN1.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:


Ross Embleton, Town First-Team Coach: “We were in a good place by the time the game was abandoned and, albeit it was only 60 minutes, it was probably our most dominant performance that we’ve had this season.


“We felt if the game had continued in the manner it was then there was no doubt that we were going to go on to get all three points.


“After the defeat at the weekend it gives us the opportunity, and the fact that we know we have already dominated a team like that, to go out and perform in that manner again.”


Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager: “If we can win it we are three points off the play-offs with a home game up next.


“It will be tough because Swindon are a decent side. They are very open at times but they move the ball well and have players that can hurt you.”


OFFICIALS:


Referee - Oliver Langford


Assistants - Christopher Wade and Kevin Morris


Fourth Official - Colin Lymer


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS:


Jamie Cureton, Charlie Griffin, Alex Hensall, Jo Kuffour, Steve Mildenhall, Andy Williams, Chic Bates, Rhys Evans, Andy Gurney, Sammy Igoe, Kaid Mohamed, John Trollope, Paul Trollope, Steve White, Andy Monkhouse, Jack Smith, Paul Hunt, Giuliano Grazioli.


ENJOY THE GAME TONIGHT AND MAKE SURE YOU BACK THE BOYS IN RED AS WE GO IN SEARCH OF THE THREE POINTS!!!


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