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Preview: Bristol Rovers (A)

13 August 2019

Cheltenham Town are in Carabao Cup first round action when they make the short trip down the M5 to face Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium tonight (7:45pm kick-off).

The Robins will be looking to follow up Saturday's brilliant first victory of the season when they put four goals past Scunthorpe United, as they head to the Memorial Ground for their first cup tie of the new campaign. 

Michael Duff's side could have faced the Pirates in pre-season before the fixture was postponed, but he now comes face to face with their manager Graham Coughlan in competitive action, who he is familar with from their time at Burnley. 

Duff knows all too well the challenge of the task at hand having to play away from home against a team in the division above but he is refusing to get distracted by the potential carrot of a champagne second round tie against Championship or Premier League opposition. 

"It's a case of winning the game first," he said. "There's no point thinking we could have drawn Manchester United if we lose the game.

"The focus will be winning the game and then hopefully you get a little bit of luck off the back of it and get one of the big ones.

"Obviously for a club of our stature, cup runs are important so the key is basically trying to get that win." 

Team news

Duff confirmed in his pre-match press conference that it is unlikely Chris Hussey will feature after coming off at half-time against Scunthorpe, with Josh Debayo likely to deputise at left-wing back.

Striker Gavin Reilly is also unavailable to face his parent club, but fellow forward Luke Varney is in contention for selection again after returning from a one-match suspension. 

The most recent addition to the squad, Jacob Greaves, could make his debut for the club at some stage - fellow centre-back Dan Bowry is also looking for a first appearance. 

George Lloyd may also be an option after returning to the squad at the weekend, but Reuben Reid and Will Boyle remain out as they continue their recoveries from injury.

Midfielder Rohan Ince will also serve the second of his five match suspension.

Opposition 

Bristol Rovers head into the match having collected one point from two games in the third tier.

The Gas first lost 2-0 at Blackpool before drawing 0-0 at home with Wycombe Wanderers over the weekend, as Victor Adeboyejo hit the inside of the post with the best chance of the game for the hosts.

Defensively solid and strong - Rovers will have their attack boosted by last season's club top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris - who made his return from injury off the bench versus the Chairboys. 

Clarke-Harris netted 11 goals in just 16 appearances during 2018/19 for Coughlan's men and will be in contention to start this evening. 

Previous Meetings 

Cheltenham have a pretty close record against Bristol Rovers when it comes to past meetings, winning six of their 18 encounters.

The Pirates have won seven of those, with five draws but more encouraging is the Robins' recent record at the Memorial Ground of which they have won two out of their last three visits there. 

League Two triumphs under Mark Yates came in 2011 with an impressive 3-1 success in the season that Cheltenham reached the League Two play-off final and again 2012, where former Gas striker Chris Zebroski scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory. 

Rovers, however, did emerge victorious in their most recent metting in BS7 - as John-Joe O'Toole scored the only goal of the game in 2014.  

Tickets and Travel

For those on the travel club coach, it departs the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 5:15pm, you can still book your place on board today by visiting or calling the Ticket Office.

Tickets are also available on the turnstiles with Cheltenham fans allocated the South Stand behind the goal.

Those travelling down from Gloucestershire have been asked to use turnstiles 24-26 and prices are £10 for adults and £5 for those who are under 16 or 65+.

Coverage

For match updates, team news and pictures of the action follow @CTFCOfficial on Twitter. You can also check out the club's Facebook page for updates.

Post-match you can visit the club website to read a report on the game and to get Michael Duff's reaction.

Full match commentary is available on iFollow. Coverage is also on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Bristol Rovers 3-0 Robins

13 August 2019

Cheltenham Town's involvement in this season's Carabao Cup came to a disappointing end after being well beaten at Bristol Rovers this evening.

It was the first time that the Robins had fallen at the first hurdle in five years after a performance so at odds with the effervescent display against Scunthorpe United four days ago.

The result once again left boss Michael Duff bemoaning his side's inability to translate their home form into results away from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, despite competing against a side from a level above.

In the end two Tyler Smith goals in 11 minutes either side of half-time put paid to the Robins' challenge. Jonson Clarke-Harris wrapped it up 23 minutes from time.

Next up, Morecambe away in League Two this Saturday and the manager will hope his side can rediscover the form that serves them so well back in Gloucestershire.

Duff rang the changes here, making five in total to the side that ran out convincing 4-1 winners at the weekend.

In came Jacob Greaves, Josh Debayo, Conor Thomas, Alex Addai and Luke Varney while young prospects Archie Brennan, Grant Horton and Tom Chamberlain were promoted to the bench. Tahvon Campbell was named among the substitutes.

Ollie Clarke made a decent start in the Bristol Rovers midfield and created a couple of early openings, forcing Scott Flinders into the first meaningful save of the contest with 20 minutes on the clock.

Kyle Bennett went close for the hosts 10 minutes later, exchanging passes with Jonson Clarke-Harris before lifting a deflected effort a foot over the bar. Then Flinders did well to gather a menacing Clarke-Harris cross shortly afterwards as the home side began to really impose themselves on the contest.

But eight minutes before the interval, the home side took the lead through Smith who was presented the easiest of finishes to hand his side a deserved lead after Flinders had parried a swerving long ranger into the midfielder's path.

Duff made a change at the break, swapping Addai for Campbell and matching Rovers for formation and it almost paid dividends when Greaves headed Ben Tozer's long throw narrowly over. It could have changed the complexion of the game.

However things went from bad to worse when Smith quickly added his second after racing on to a measured ball from Clarke before beating Flinders with a good finish on the angle.

Smith was denied a hatrick only six minutes later when Flinders pushed Liam Sercombe's well struck 20-yard strike into his path but on this occasion he was adjudged to be offside as he stroked home from close range.

He unselfishly created his side's third, setting up Clarke-Harris for a simple finish in the 67th minute before being withdrawn a minute later, ensuring the League One side progressed into the second round.

BRISTOL ROVERS (4-4-2): Jaakkola; Hare, Kilgour, Davies, Leahy; Clarke (c) (Rodman 76), Ogogo, Bennett, Sercombe; Clarke-Harris (Adeboyejo 66), Smith (Nichols 71). Subs not used: Van Stappershoef (Gk), Craig, Upson, Hoole.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): Flinders; Raglan, Tozer (c), Greaves; Long, Thomas (Lloyd 65), Clements, Doyle-Hayes, Debayo (Bowry 76); Addai (Campbell 46), Varney. Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Brennan, Horton, Chamberlain.

REFEREE: M Salisbury

ATTENDANCE: 2,909 (Cheltenham tbc)

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers Carabao Cup tickets confirmed

9 July 2019

Ticket prices for Cheltenham Town's Carabao Cup round one away trip at Bristol Rovers have been confirmed.

Michael Duff's side make the short trip down the M5 to the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 13 August for a 7.45pm kick-off against the Pirates.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults £10
Seniors & under-16s £5

Cheltenham fans have been allocated the East Terrace and South Stand which has a capacity of 800 standing and 280 seats.

The game will be the first competitive fixture between the two clubs since a February 2014 meeting at the Memorial Stadium in League Two that saw Rovers come out on top with a 1-0 win.

Tickets are not available to purchase yet but keep an eye out for when they are on sale from the ticket office, as well as details of away travel to the game.

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