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Team news: Bristol Rovers v Rovers

No changes to the squad for the clash against the Gas today at the Memorial Stadium

14 April 2018

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Tony Mowbray has named an unchanged side and the same squad for the second game in a week as Rovers take on Bristol Rovers today.

The exact same XI which began against Gillingham on Tuesday are tasked to go again as Rovers hunt down the three points on the road in Bristol.

Richie Smallwood appears for his 200th league start, whilst Elliott Bennett will begin at right back, with Ryan Nyambe still out with a hamstring injury.

Our Bennett will be up against kid brother Kyle, who is likely to line up on the left for the hosts, who have won one of their last six games.

Elliott and Derrick Williams both return to Bristol, with the pair spending time at arch rivals Bristol City earlier in their careers.

We actually have a good recent record against Darrell Clarke's side, having been victorious in five of the last seven meetings.

Striker Ellis Harrison will lead the line for the home side. The 24-year-old bagged the Bristol Rovers goal in their 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park back in November.

Kick-off against the Pirates is at 3pm.

Bristol Rovers: Slocombe, Brown, Lockyer (c), Clarke, Harrison, Lines, Broadbent, Moore, Clarke, Craig, K. Bennett.

Substitutes: Nichols, Telford, Smith, Bola, Gaffney, Russe, Bachdadi

Rovers: Raya, E. Bennett, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Evans, Conway, Dack, Armstrong, Graham.

Substitutes: Leutwiler, Samuel, Whittingham, Bell, Payne, Antonsson, Downing.


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