Morecambe v Bristol Rovers preview

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward.
Bristol Rovers manager John Ward.
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Preview of Morecambe’s game with Bristol Rovers at the Globe Arena this Saturday.

Manager

John Ward

Returned for a second spell at the Memorial Stadium in December 2012, taking over from Mark McGhee.

Took over with the Pirates second bottom but guided them to a comfortable mid-table finish.

Key Man

John-Joe O’Toole.

Having impressed on loan last season with Rovers was the subject of a protracted transfer saga before eventually signing permanently from Colchester in July for an undisclosed fee.

Was sent off against Burton back in November drawing criticism from boss Ward for his ill-discipline having already served a one-game ban for picking up five bookings earlier in the season.

But he is a key man, with six goals already to his name this season, and will return from his latest suspension in time for the game at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Form

After a poor start Rovers find themselves one place above the League 2 relegation 
places.

Held League 1 Crawley to a 0-0 draw at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday in the second round of the FA Cup.

Won last League 2 game 3-0 against Wimbledon after a 0-0 draw at Cheltenham.

Defeat at Burton prior to that, in which Rovers finished with nine men, had ended a five-game unbeaten 
run.

History

Sides have met four times across the last two League 2 campaigns with one Shrimps win, one draw and two Bristol Rovers victories.

Morecambe’s only win came with a 3-0 victory at the Memorial Stadium in September 2012.

In last season’s Globe Arena clash, the sides played out a 1-1 draw with Jack Redshaw getting the Shrimps goal.

Possible line-up

Mildenhall, Smith, Brown, Clarke, Packwood, Parkes, Lockyer, O’Toole, Beardsley, Richards, Harrold.