Match Preview: O's travel to Bristol Rovers

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After two home wins in the past week, The O’s look to make it a hattrick of wins this week when we travel to Bristol Rovers.

Shadrach Ogie has returned to training after missing last Saturday’s game having tested positive for Covid-19, whilst Adam Thompson and Paul Smyth will remain absentees.

Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has confirmed that striker Leon Clarke will be out for the ‘long-term’ after suffering a hamstring injury. Sam Nicholson will also miss out, having suffered an injury with his shin.

THE GAS

Bristol Rovers suffered a disappointing season last term, finishing bottom of League One and ending their five-year stint in the third division. Joey Barton became manager of the Gas back in February this year and was given the task to keep Rovers in League One.

Barton didn’t succeed but has now been given the task to try and get Bristol Rovers back into League One at the first time of asking.

It hasn’t been the best start to life in League Two for Bristol Rovers and Barton as the club lost 4 of their opening 7 league games and find themselves one point above the relegation zone.

Rovers brought in experienced players such as Leon Clarke and Glen Whelan to help the squad find some form as they hope to push back up the table.

Bristol Rovers have had a turbulent decade of highs and lows. The Gas started the decade in League One but found themselves in the National League in 2014. That then sparked a magical back-to-back promotion under the management of Darrell Clarke and the goals of Matty Taylor who scored 45 league goals in two seasons.

They enjoyed five-years in League One before their relegation last season and will be looking to get back at the first time of asking.

KEY PLAYERS

Right-sided wing back Harry Anderson will play a big part in the success of Bristol Rovers this season, with the accomplished wide man being a key figure so far.

The summer signing put pen to paper on a deal after leaving Lincoln City, and has played in all of Rovers game so far. He’ll be up against former teammate Theo Archibald, and this is likely to be a key battle.

The Gas have also signed former Republic of Ireland international, Glen Whelan. The 37-year-old defensive midfielder has made over 250 Premier League appearances as well as playing Europa League football for Stoke City and his experience will be key to the squad.

KENNY JACKETT

Kenny Jackett’s has challenged his Orient side to keep improving, knowing his side will have to be at their ‘very best’ to get the win at The Memorial Ground.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: David Rock

Assistants: Steven Plane and Alex James

Fourth Official: Kevin Morris

Rock has handed out 17 yellow cards in his opening 7 games this season.

He last refereed the O’s in last season’s 2-2 draw with Mansfield at the Breyer Group Stadium showing 4 yellow cards.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tickets will be available on the day from Bristol Rovers, from the ticket booth in by the away end. For prices, click here.

If you can’t make it to Bristol, Orient Live has both audio and video packages available. Video packages for this game are only available to international supporters, however.

To view packages available to you, click here.

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