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MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Could this game see us win 3 on the spin? I'd be happy to get a point, but with Clough and Clayton now both fit, maybe just maybe we can get the 3 points.

scottjames30

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1-3 or 0-2 (Madine) is blood thirsty for goals now.

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Back to earth with a bump. They're unbeaten in 15 at home, we are shit away. 2-0 to them

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
I'm going 1-2, the away day blues monkey has now gone from our backs and we have a manager who seems to know how to get results.
I'll take a few scrappy hard fought wins and hopefully this will give us the confidence to start playing to our potential and dicking a few teams.

scottjames30

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
whatsgoingon wrote:I'm going 1-2, the away day blues monkey has now gone from our backs and we have a manager who seems to know how to get results.
I'll take a few scrappy hard fought wins and hopefully this will give us the confidence to start playing to our potential and dicking a few teams.
Changing from doom merchant to a better fan I see.

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
scottjames30 wrote:
whatsgoingon wrote:I'm going 1-2, the away day blues monkey has now gone from our backs and we have a manager who seems to know how to get results.
I'll take a few scrappy hard fought wins and hopefully this will give us the confidence to start playing to our potential and dicking a few teams.
Changing from doom merchant to a better fan I see.
Show me some doom I've spread

gloswhite

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Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
The last game I saw in Bristol we were dicked, giving away 6 goals.

Ishall be there on Wednesday, and whereas we're playing slightly better, and getting back into the winning mind set, I still think this will be a hard game for us, and I think we will draw 1-1.
I'll go for Madine as I think his confidence is coming back, instead of his misplaced arrogance.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bristol Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

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Wanderers travel to Bristol Rovers on Wednesday night. Here are five key points to look out for at The Memorial Stadium...


1. The away drought is over!

Having last won on the road in April 2015, goals from Gary Madine and Liam Trotter saw Wanderers finally put that unwanted to run to bed as they recorded victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. 

Boosted by claiming three points on the their travels at the first time of asking this campaign, the Whites will be eager to go from strength-to-strength with them eager to ensure they do not have to wait as long for their next away win!

2. 100% run to maintain
One of just two sides in Sky Bet League One to have won both of their opening two matches alongside Gillingham, Bolton currently sit second in the league table. 

And while it is early days, the Trotters will be keen to maintain their positive start to the season as they look to gain an early-upper hand.

3. Bristol Rovers' home form
Wednesday's hosts Bristol Rovers will prove quite the test in front of their home fans for Phil Parkinson's side on Wednesday. 

The Gas have not lost at home since November 2015, incredibly winning 15 of their last 16 home matches as they made a late push to storm to automatic promotion last season, securing their place in the third tier on the final day of the season thanks to goal difference alone. 

However, as the Trotters well know, runs do not last forever. Could Wanderers bring the side to bring that record to an end? 


4. New stadium
Having not faced Bristol Rovers since the 1989/90 season, Wednesday's game present Wanderers fans with their first ever opportunity to visit the Memorial Stadium. 

Home to the Pirates since 1996, the Whites were triumphant when they paid their first visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium last weekend. Will they clinch another maiden victory at the first attempt this time around?


5. Max Clayton and Zach Clough are back
Saturday's teamsheet provided a welcome sight for Bolton as Max Clayton and Zach Clough made their respective returns from injury. 

Having both sat out the Trotters' first two games of the campaign, Clayton remained an unused substitute as he continues to feel his way back from the hamstring injury that ended his campaign prematurely last year. 

Clough meanwhile came on for the final thirty minutes at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, and will be looking to make his mark quickly have been among the goals in pre-season. 
 
Enhancing Wanderers' options in attack, both frontmen will be eager to play their parts this season as they look to impress under their new manager. 

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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Ref watch: Ollie Yates to oversee Bristol Rovers trip

Ollie Yates will oversee Wanderers’ trip to Bristol Rovers on Wednesday.

A newcomer to the Football League, the game at The Memorial Stadium will mark the first time the official has taken charge of a Sky Bet League One fixture.

Running the rule over over 21 National League ties last season, Mr Yates dishing out 54 yellow cards and two red cards last term.

The man in the middle for his first Football League fixture on the opening day of the season between Yeovil Town and Notts County, he has officiated three matches so far this year, handing out six yellow cards along the way.

Mark Derrien and Matthew Jones will run the line, while Michael D'aguilar is the fourth official.

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whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
I'd like to start with Madine and Clough up front with the options on the bench of Proctor, Woolery and Clayton. Or alternatively Proctor on his own with Clayton, Clough and Woolery behind taking turns to support and supply the ammo

wessy

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
I think this will be our toughest test so far, would take a point into the Fleetwood game

Number8bus

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Mario Jardel
Mario Jardel
Gas Rats 0 Wanderers 3

So, the nearest game to me is played on a Tuesday night and I can't get back from Brizzle tonight. That is proper shite...

Another club like the Dingles with a schizophrenic kit that can't make up it's mind what colour it's supposed to be.

Drink up thee cyder, for tonight we'll merry be....

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Frank Worthington
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Number8bus wrote:Gas Rats 0 Wanderers 3

So, the nearest game to me is played on a Tuesday night and I can't get back from Brizzle tonight. That is proper shite...

Another club like the Dingles with a schizophrenic kit that can't make up it's mind what colour it's supposed to be.

Drink up thee cyder, for tonight we'll merry be....

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It's Wednesday not tonight

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
My Windows phone is telling me it's tonight. Shocked

Number8bus

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Mario Jardel
Mario Jardel
Yeah, it is tomorrow... it was originally on the Tuesday I think, but Gas Rats changed it.

MartinBWFC

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Changed because they played Sunday.

Fabians Right Peg

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
few interesting results tonight so far Sheff utd losing 3-0 to Southend, bottom of the table if it stays that way.

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Fabians Right Peg wrote:few interesting results tonight so far Sheff utd losing 3-0 to Southend, bottom of the table if it stays that way.

And they were favourites to top the league!

Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Ten of us going down to Bristol tomorrow. Mini Bus leaving Lancaster at 1pm with pick up at Walton Summit and any junction of the M6 southbound. If any nutters fancy a trip out there are a few spare seats at £20 return. If you are up for it then PM me before midday tomorrow.

terenceanne

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
If we win this one we would be two points clear at the top of the table.......how's that for a laugher.

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Reebok Trotter wrote:Ten of us going down to Bristol tomorrow. Mini Bus leaving Lancaster at 1pm with pick up at Walton Summit and any junction of the M6 southbound. If any nutters fancy a trip out there are a few spare seats at £20 return. If you are up for it then PM me before midday tomorrow.
Ill look out for you as im coming back from cov on the m6 Smile

gloswhite

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Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
See you at the ground RT, as agreed

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
boltonbonce wrote:My Windows phone is telling me it's tonight. Shocked
Change it to an iPhone then and then you won't get to matches 24 hours early  Razz

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Reebok Trotter wrote:Ten of us going down to Bristol tomorrow. Mini Bus leaving Lancaster at 1pm with pick up at Walton Summit and any junction of the M6 southbound. If any nutters fancy a trip out there are a few spare seats at £20 return. If you are up for it then PM me before midday tomorrow.
Fair play to you guys, hope they put in a performance and win for you, look forward to reading your comments.
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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Scouting report: Bristol Rovers

SEASON SO FAR…

Sealing back-to-back promotions in the past two years to reach the third tier from the Vanarama National League, Bristol Rovers have enjoyed a quiet summer in the transfer market so far with Peter Hartley, Byron Moore and Luke James their only new additions, as manager Darrell Clarke kept hold of the majority of his squad that won promotion.

Clinching automatic promotion on the final day of last season on goal difference alone, the Pirates are unbeaten at home since November 2015 having 15 of their last 16 home matches at The Memorial Stadium.
   
Despite suffering defeat on the opening day of the season against Scunthorpe United, they maintained that home run in their last outing by dispatching Oxford United to pick up their first three points of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign.

Having also beaten Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City in the EFL Cup, Bristol Rovers will be full of confidence as they look to continue their form in front on their home fans against Wanderers on Wednesday night. 


RECENT FORM
• L 1-5 - Swansea City H - (Pre-Season Friendly, 23/7/16)
• L 3-0 - CE Sabadell A - (Pre-Season Friendly, 26/7/16)
• W 3-0 - Cheltenham Town H - (Pre-Season Friendly, 31/7/16)
• L 3-1 - Scunthorpe United A - (Sky Bet League One, 6/8/16)
• W 1-0 - Cardiff City H - (EFL Cup, 11/8/16)
• W 2-1 - Oxford United H - (Sky Bet League One, 14/8/16)


THE MANAGER: DARRELL CLARKE
Previously serving as John Ward's assistant manager at Bristol Rovers, Darrell Clarke has led the club to back-to-back promotions from the Vanarama National League since taking over as the Pirates' manager in March 2014.

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A midfielder during his playing days, the 38-year-old enjoyed permanent stints with Mansfield Town, Hartlepool United and Salisbury Town before taking his first steps into management with the latter as player-manager at the start of the 2010/11 season.

Twice overseeing promotion with the club, he left the club to join Bristol Rovers in June 2013, but was unable to help them avoid relegation in his first months as manager after taking over towards the end of the season.

Bouncing back to secure an immediate return to the Football League via a penalty shoot-out National League Play-Off Final victory over Grimsby Town in his first full campaign in charge, Clarke then oversaw another promotion last year as a late push from Bristol Rovers saw them clinch their place in the third tier on the final day of the season.


KEY PLAYER: MATTY TAYLOR
Arriving at Bristol Rovers in July 2014, Matty Taylor's goal for the Pirates over the past two seasons have proved vital to the club clinching back-to-back promotions.

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Starting his career with Oxford United, the forward enjoyed prolific permanent stints with both North Leigh and Forest Green Rovers before Darrell Clarke brought him to the Memorial Stadium.

Initially slow off the mark as he went eight games without a goal following his move to the club, the 26-year-old finished the campaign with 20 goals, including one in both legs of their play-off semi-final victory over former club Forest Green, as Bristol Rovers won promotion back to the Football League courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over Grimsby Town.

Sky Bet League Two's leading goalscorer last year, he fired a further 28 goals in all competitions as Bristol Rovers clinched automatic promotion to League One on the final day of the season on goal difference alone.

Already off the mark this year, Taylor scored in Bristol Rovers opening day defeat against Scunthorpe United, before coming off the bench to score the winner against his former club Oxford United last time out.



LAST BRISTOL ROVERS XI (v Oxford United, W 2-1)
Mildenhall, Brown, Lockyer, McChrystal, J.Clarke, O.Clarke, Lines, Montano, Easter (Harrison 58), Bodin (James 66), Gaffney (Taylor 58).


LAST TIME WE MET
Tony Philliskirk was on the scoresheet the last time Wanderers faced Bristol Rovers back in January 1990. The frontman scored the only goal for the Whites as Phil Neal's side fought out a 1-1 draw away at the eventual Third Division champions.

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wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
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I still feel that our two wins had an element of luck about them so I don't know how we'll go on but a solid performance would be reassuring.

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
wanderlust wrote:I still feel that our two wins had an element of luck about them so I don't know how we'll go on but a solid performance would be reassuring.
To be fair lusty picking up bits of luck is a decent habit to have, we've had the opposite habit long enough.
But having been to the Sheff Utd game and reading the reports of Blackpool and Wimbledon we had more than enough chances to win all those games easier. Yes we had to defend at times but we did it well (apart from lapses against Blackpool) and will always have to as we haven't got a dominant team.
But we also had bad luck with chances missed as well so it balances out.

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
whatsgoingon wrote:
wanderlust wrote:I still feel that our two wins had an element of luck about them so I don't know how we'll go on but a solid performance would be reassuring.
To be fair lusty picking up bits of luck is a decent habit to have, we've had the opposite habit long enough.
But having been to the Sheff Utd game and reading the reports of Blackpool and Wimbledon we had more than enough chances to win all those games easier. Yes we had to defend at times but we did it well (apart from lapses against Blackpool) and will always have to as we haven't got a dominant team.
But we also had bad luck with chances missed as well so it balances out.
Apart from the injury to Wheater, our luck definitely seems better this season. Some people say you have to make your own luck so maybe it's a reflection on the team's improvement but it's early days yet so I'll sit on the fence for a while as regards where we are at as a team.

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Just noticed that the two teams we have beaten so far currently lie 22nd and 24th in the table so I think we'll need to up our game if we are going to go top tonight.

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
wanderlust wrote:Just noticed that the two teams we have beaten so far currently lie 22nd and 24th in the table so I think we'll need to up our game if we are going to go top tonight.
Yes because we demoralised them and ended their season, Bristol Rovers will be down there with them in a couple of weeks.
It's the BWFC wrecking ball

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