Bristol Rovers vs Swansea
18th March 2008
The pressure is building amongst Roberto Martinez and his squad as the Swans have failed to win in the last 3 games.
2 defeats and a draw means our lead at the top has been cut drastically from 14 points to 6 in only a few weeks.
Swansea City travel to the Memorial Stadium tonight and will be backed by around 900 away fans as 18 coaches make the short trip East along the M4.
The Jacks haven't experienced a win away at the Gas for 14 years.
|'Spirits are high and we've got great character in that dressing room,'' |
'Some people outside the camp are getting a bit nervous, but we have to remain calm.
'You are always going to get periods in the season when you don't get the points you want, but don't forget about our record so far this season.
'The most important thing now is to show the right attitude in tonight's derby match.''
'It's a bobbly pitch and it's an advantage for Bristol Rovers because they are used to playing on it,'
'But that's the reality of League One football.
'But it's not a huge advantage because I've seen Bristol play away this season and they like to get the ball down and play themselves.
'The important thing is that we adapt to whatever is put in front of us. The Luton pitch was a typical example of that. We adapted there and got the result and we've got to do the same thing again.
'Bristol have a good home record, but if you want to be successful then you have to adapt - and that's been the key to our success so far this season.''
Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope:
|"Swansea are the league leaders and it will be a tough match.|
"We will give them a lot of respect, but at the same time we know they've had a few blips lately so maybe it's a good time to play them.
"They need to get back on track because the pack behind them are slowly catching up and they will want to want to stay on top. It's a tough test for us, but if we play to our standard then we can end the season positively.
"We still want to be in the top half of the table, and if we do that then who knows. The play-offs are still a long shot at the moment, but we've still got a great belief about us.''
Bristol Rovers Team News:
Bristol Rovers look set to be without midfielder David Pipe who is out with a hip problem.
Steve Elliot is still sidelined with a knee injury while loanee Anthony Pullis has returned to Stoke for treatment on his thigh.
Player to watch: Rickie Lambert
Lambert is the club's top scorer this year with 15 goals. He joined Rovers in 2006 from League 2 side Rochdale.
Swansea Team News:
Martinez has received a blow ahead of tonight's game with the news that left back Marcos Painter will be out for another month after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
That means Kevin Austin will start against his former club.
Darren Pratley was dropped on Saturday and so he will be hoping to get back in the starting line-up.
Player to watch: Jason Scotland
Was the only player to come out of Saturday's 4-2 defeat with any real credit, scoring both our goals to increase his tally this season to 23.
Match Facts & Stats
This season, Rovers have won 5, drawn 8 and lost 4 at home.
They haven't experienced a League home win since February 12th.
It's a tough one to predict what with the form we're in. I think a safe bet would be a score draw for this one.
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