Bristol Rovers travel to already relegated York City in the penultimate game of the regular season this weekend.
Rovers, who sit in 4th place, come of the back of an impressive 3-1 home win over Exeter City but they have failed to win in any of their previous three away matches travel to a York side who are unbeaten in their last five home matches and Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has admitted that it won’t be an easy game.
“It would be foolish of anyone to underestimate York simply because their relegation to the National League was confirmed last weekend. They are unbeaten in their last five home games and they’ve only failed to score in one home game all season.” Darrell told the club’s website.
“York are obviously going through a tough time and we feel for them because we’ve been in a similar position ourselves and I’m sure they, like us, will bounce back soon. “
York, who were relegated after their 3-0 defeat at Rovers’ automatic promotion rivals Accrington Stanley last time out will be no pushovers at Bootham Crescent with a win and four draws in their last five games, three of which being 1-1.
Manager Jackie McNamara has said that he can emulate the job that Clarke has done at Rovers with his York side.
“I believe I can do the same – absolutely.” He told the York Press.
“There was a bigger picture in terms of what we wanted to achieve when I came down here. It wasn’t just a short-term fix and, credit to the Chairman, he has put a lot of faith and trust in what we have done before.”
Both Femi Ilesanmi and Vadaine Oliver are both doubts for York as they continue to battle injuries, while Jake Hyde could have an outside chance of making the matchday squad after recovering from a groin injury.
Rovers have just Stuart Sinclair out as their only injury concern.
The last fixture between these sides came earlier this season as Rovers won 2-1 thanks to a last minute winner from Matty Taylor at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers are unbeaten against York since August 2013, winning three matches and drawing the other two.
York have only won one of their last 15 league matches.