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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers

8 April 2022

After heartbreak on home soil last time out, Micky Mellon will be looking to take the positives out of a tough afternoon last Saturday as we face Bristol Rovers at Prenton Park.

A last-minute equaliser saw Tranmere held to a point last weekend, but with a lot of resilience and character shown after being down to nine men as the final whistle blew, there was plenty of things to hope to see on show again this weekend.

It’s sure to be an enticing clash come Saturday afternoon with both sides competing for a place within the top seven as the Sky Bet League Two season draws to a close. 

Team News:

Rovers will be without Kieron Morris and Callum MacDonald who saw their respective appeals for their red cards against Carlisle United turned down and therefore will see out their suspensions for the dismissals last Saturday.

Josh McPake is a doubt after suffering with illness this week.

One to Watch: Anthony Evans 

Born on Merseyside, Evans trained with Liverpool as a youngster before joining Everton at the age of nine.

He signed a professional contract with the Toffees in 2015 and was loaned out to Lancashire sides Morecambe followed by Blackpool.

After two loan spells in the EFL he joined SC Paderborn 07 in Germany before moving back to England and eventually joining Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2021 on a one-year deal.

This year has been a hugely successful one for the former Everton man with 19 goal contributions so far this campaign and nearly into double figures for goals as he sits second in the top scorers list for the Gas this year.

Manager: Joey Barton

One of the big names in League Two, Joey Barton has been in charge at the Memorial Stadium since February 2021. 

After making over 130 appearances for Manchester City where his career really took off, he then joined Newcastle United followed by QPR where he racked up just short of 270 top-flight appearances between the different clubs.

The ex-Burnley man is currently in his second managerial job after being in charge of Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town between 2018 and 2021. 

Since taking over, Barton has inspired a recent surge towards the play-offs as the visitors to Prenton Park this Saturday currently sit 5th in Sky Bet League Two, two points ahead of Micky Mellon’s side. 

Match Coverage:

TRFC Radio will be in position to provide live full match commentary on proceedings at Prenton Park.

Audio passes are available for just £2.50 by clicking here. Every pass purchased benefits Tranmere Rovers.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.
Twitter: @tranmererovers
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Instagram: @tranmererovers

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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