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Preview: Swansea City v Rovers

A look ahead to game number 21 in our 2019-20 Championship campaign

11 December 2019

Rovers head to The Liberty Stadium looking to make it five consecutive victories in the division, and Tony Mowbray could well name an unchanged side for the fourth game in a row against Swansea City tonight.

If so, Lewis Travis will start for the 50th time in the league for Rovers and continue his impressive partnership with Corry Evans in the heart of the midfield.

Rovers have an incredible record in the 13 games that they've played together - winning 10, drawing only once and losing just twice.

Speaking of partnerships, the Tosin Adarabioyo and Darragh Lenihan combination has really blossomed in recent games, and the pair will be eager to record back-to-back clean sheets for the visitors.

Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns for game two of a three-game week, with the same squad available to him as the one that beat Derby County at Ewood Park at the weekend.

Derrick Williams remains out of action with a slight hamstring strain and is also likely to miss a return to old club Bristol City on Saturday.

Despite having a frustrating record on the road at the beginning of the campaign, Rovers will have been buoyed by a victory at Stoke City last time on their travels, with Sam Gallagher's late strike picking up all three points at the bet365 Stadium.

Tonight's hosts haven't won in their last five outings and have lost their last two games on home turf.

They could welcome back attacking pair Bersant Celina and Borja Baston after the pair were left out of the weekend defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Full back Declan John remains a doubt with a hamstring injury picked up prior to the trip to The Hawthorns, whilst Wayne Routledge has been ruled out of action by Steve Cooper in his pre-match press conference.

Please note that tickets are unavailable to purchase on matchday and we advise Rovers fans not to travel without a pre-purchased ticket.

Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm and you can track all the action live from south Wales via iFollow Rovers and our social media channels.

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Match Reports

Report: Swansea City 1-1 Rovers

Graham completes a personal milestone but it's not enough as both sides finish a man light in south Wales

11 December 2019

Rovers picked up a point on the road despite having Bradley Dack sent off midway through the second half at Swansea City.

Dack was shown a second yellow card just 10 minutes after Tom Carroll was sent for an early bath for two bookings himself in what was a tight encounter in south Wales.

Danny Graham grabbed a milestone strike for the club just four minutes into the clash on his return to The Liberty Stadium.

The frontman, who enjoyed one-and-a-half years as a Swans player, finished off a flowing move to put the visitors ahead early on, but the lead didn't last long.

Just six minutes later, the impressive Andre Ayew headed home from close range to level things up, and that was where the goalscoring finished, despite chances for both sides.

Tony Mowbray named an unchanged side once again, which meant Lewis Travis appeared for the 50th time in Rovers colours and partnered Corry Evans in the centre of midfield.

The home side included former Rover Matt Grimes, who appeared 13 times in the 2015-16 campaign, in their lineup, with the Devonian captaining Steve Cooper's side.

Rovers raced into the lead just four minutes into the encounter, with Graham coming back to haunt one of his former sides on familiar territory.

Corry Evans won the ball high up, Dack fed Adam Armstrong and his low ball in was perfect for Graham who slotted home for his 50th Rovers league goal.

But the hosts managed to level the score almost immediately. An inswinging corner from a former Rovers loanee in Grimes was simply nodded past Christian Walton and into the bottom left-hand corner from six yards out.

A mix up-between Tosin Adarabioyo and Evans let loanee Sam Surridge in, but after breaking forward the striker poked well wide of Walton's goal.

Two opportunities came and went for Ayew, who smashed wide from the edge of the box before Walton was in the right place to save with his legs from the Ghana international forward.

Ayew had the first shot of the first half, with Walton being forced to beat away another effort after he again cut in from the right.

There was drama just before the hour mark when the hosts had Carroll sent off for a lunge on Travis, with the ex-Tottenham man collecting a second yellow card and being handed his marching orders by referee Jeremy Simpson.

Having already thrown Elliott Bennett on Mowbray made a second alteration by bringing on Lewis Holtby for Evans in an attacking change.

But 10 minutes later Simpson evened the teams up by showing Dack a contentious second yellow just 10 minutes after Carroll's dismissal.

The game became stretched and Walton had to be brave to dive at the feet of substitute Aldo Kalulu after Grimes threaded a ball through to the Frenchman with under 10 minutes remaining.

At the other end, a mazy run from Sam Gallagher led to Freddie Woodman pushing the ball clear as Rovers ensured they remained a threat on the counter.

Overall, it will probably be seen as a good point on the travels as Rovers' four-game winning run ends but the unbeaten run continues for Mowbray's men who head to Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

Swansea City: Woodman, van der Hoorn, Grimes (c), Celina (Kalulu, 78), Carroll, Surridge, Ayew, Roberts, Bidwell, Byers, Cabango.

Unused substitutes: Nordfeldt, Fulton, McKay, Baston, Wilmot, Naughton.

Goal: Ayew, 10.

Booked: Carroll, 32, 57

Sent off: Carroll, 57.

Rovers: Walton, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), Adarabioyo, Downing, Travis, Evans (Holtby, 64), Armstrong, Dack, Rothwell (Bennett, 56), Graham (Gallagher, 71)

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Johnson, Brereton, Buckley.

Goal: Graham, 4

Booked: Dack, 8, 67.

Sent off: Dack, 67.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson.

Attendance: 14,162.

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