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PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers

25 November 2016

Off the bottom, and after Tuesday's success the Spireites go hunting for their first-back-to-back successes since August with hopes of a pre-Christmas league revival.

Home and away fans can take advantage of the club's kids for a quid day at the Proact, and with matchday price increases also removed yesterday, there hasn't been a cheaper time this season to back the Blues.

Team News

Danny Wilson is still sweating over the fitness of striker Ched Evans, who's missed the last two games with an ankle injury and will be assessed prior to the game.

Better news comes in midfield, where Tuesday substitutes Jon Nolan and match-winner Dan Gardner are back in contention after injuries.

Rovers' problems come in defence, afetr Chelsea loanee Jake Salter-Clarke fractured his elbow in Tuesday night's match with Charlton Athletic. The 19-year-old joins James Clarke in missing out at the Proact.

Form Guide

The long wait for a Spireites league win was finally ended on Tuesday evening after a sensational 3-2 see-saw win at MK Dons, goals from Jay O'Shea, Kristian Dennis and Dan Gardner seeing the visitors to their first league away win of the campaign and first League One triumph since mid-September.

The Spireites will remain in the bottom four whatever happens on Saturday, but could claw to within a point of the safety mark with all three points.

It has so far been a successful return to the third tier for the Gas following their promotion last season, and a sitting tenth in the league and just two points out of the play-off places represents an encouraging start for Darrell Clarke's side.

There has been recent disappointment for Rovers however, who saw injuries and circumstances conspire against them in midweek as they were downed 5-1 at home by Charlton.

From the Dugout

Manager Wilson is not fazed by the league position of his side's latest opponents and hopes to take advantage of their midweek defeat in adding more points to the Spireites' tally.

“They came in with a lot of momentum from promotion last season and Darrell Clarke has done a fantastic job there over the last few years," explained Wilson

“The momentum he brought at the start of the season was there for all to see, maybe it’s plateaued a little bit, but they’re still in a great position challenging in the top six and they have a squad good enough.

“They have goal scorers which is always a bonus and we expect a very tough game, as most teams have had when they’ve been on their travels.”

Wilson also feels that with the positivity coming from what promises to be a strong Proact crowd on Saturday, his side can return to their home winning ways of early season.

"The home form wasn't bad for a little spell," he said. "It was very good at the beginning of the season. We know that we can play well at home, if take our chances then it will be a different story.

"The way the fans have supported us, and the positivity they've brought to us has been great and on Saturday they'll come with a really positive attitude and will get behind the boys."

At the Proact or elsewhere, you can stay updated with all the action tomorrow through our media channels. There will be live commentary on PlayerHD, minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter as well as images, stats and updates on Instagram, Facebook and the official website.



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