Bristol Rovers v Crawley Town Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers will be looking to bounce back from Easter Monday’s away defeat when they entertain mid table Crawley at the Memorial Stadium.

The Gas only lost once in March with them winning the first six games in the month. They now sit in fifth position where as the weekends visitors lie in 16th.

Crawley visit the to South West also in good form having lost just once in their previous six games.

Crawley striker Matt Harrold, who used to play for Rovers will be coming back to his old stomping ground for the first time since he scored 27 goals in 76 games for them and he is looking forward to seeing some old faces.

“I’m just glad I am going back to what seems to be a completely re-invigorated club from the one I left,” Harrold told the Bristol Post.

“I wish I could have been part of a better team and better period at Bristol Rovers because it was always a bit of a struggle during my time there.

“I am genuinely pleased for all of the lads who are still there from my time and for Darrell Clarke as well. I’m delighted for the supporters too because I always loved playing in front of them.”

Manager Darrell Clarke will have Tom Lockyer Ellis Harrison and Oliver McBurnie back in the squad after they returned from international duty unscathed.

Crawley manager Mark Yates has said that he wants a “Luton-like” performance from his side for the trip to Bristol Rovers.

The Reds took all three points at Kenilworth Road three weeks ago after taking the lead through an early Matt Harrold goal and keeping the Hatters out well.

“It will take a Luton-like performance, where we are strong, resilient and aggressive,” Yates told Crawley News.

“We need to play on the front-foot like we have when we have won games but we also need to defend properly.”

Yates has a near to fully fit side going into the game after leading scorer Harrold recovered from the injury that kept him out of Monday’s defeat to Exeter.

 Stats

The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 2-1 win for Crawley.

Rovers’ top scorer Matty Taylor took his season’s goal tally to 23 on Monday.

Crawley striker Harrold, was in the Rovers side that were relegated from the Football League in 2014.

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