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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Bristol Rovers

2 April 2018

John Sheridan will be looking to build on Good Friday’s win at AFC Wimbledon by continuing his unbeaten start as manager when Bristol Rovers make the long trip north on Easter Monday.

Jack Sowerby’s goal on Friday ensured Town went six games unbeaten in the league with their fourth consecutive clean sheet, while Rovers managed a 2-1 win over Bury at the Memorial Stadium.

John Sheridan’s thoughts…

"I have to say the next win will be the biggest win.

"We possibly need another win and maybe a draw – I am focusing on our next match.

"It's important we get to that target of 51 points as early as we can as you don't want to be going into the final games of season looking over your shoulder.

"I've told the players that I want us to go unbeaten until the end of the season and we have to believe in ourselves.

"We haven't got enough points to be safe yet, so at this point in time we need to focus on Bristol Rovers at home.”

Rovers defender Chris Lines’ thoughts…

“Every game is a must win game at the moment but we travel with confidence after taking all three points against Bury.”

Form Guide

Fleetwood: DDWWW

Six games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One, having won their last three games over Rochdale, Northampton and AFC Wimbledon. They’ve conceded just twice in those six matches.

Bristol Rovers: WDLDW

Have lost just once in five games, with two wins and two draws. Their last away win came on March 3rd when they beat MK Dons 1-0.

We’ve Met Before

Of the seven meetings in the league between Town and Rovers, one side have scored at least three goals in five of those. In fact, four of the past five matches have finished 3-1, with two wins for each side. The most recent of those was in August, when Stuart Sinclair, Ellis Harrison and Billy Bodin’s goals were enough, despite Devante Cole’s consolation.

One To Watch

Ellis Harrison is a name Fleetwood should be wary of on Saturday. A product of the Rovers youth set up, Harrison made his debut in 2011 against Southampton at St Mary’s and has since become a constant name on the team sheet. In 2016, he spent a month on loan at Hartlepool and last season he scored 4 times in a 5-0 victory over Northampton. This season he has scored 14 times this season for the Bristol side.

Fancy a Flutter?

League partners Sky Bet have revealed their odds for the Easter Monday clash, making Fleetwood 6/4 favourites to pick up three points. Rovers are 7/4, while a draw is 23/10.

A score-cast of Ash Hunter to score first and Fleetwood to win 2-0 is available at 50/1, while the same score with a Conor McAleny opener is 45/1.

After four consecutive clean sheets, Sky Bet have odds of 21/10 to make it five in a row, while Town to win 2-1 is available at 7/2.

You can get odds of 4/1 to score again after his winner at Wimbledon, while Wes Burns is 2/1, and Toumani Diagouraga at 8/1.

A full list of odds is available at

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Match Reports

Report: Hunter and Hiwula fire Town to fourth straight win

Victory over Bristol Rovers completes perfect Easter weekend

2 April 2018

Goals from Ashley Hunter and Jordy Hiwula gave Fleetwood their fourth straight victory as they beat ten-man Bristol Rovers 2-0 at Highbury on Easter Monday.

Second half strikes from Hunter and substitute Hiwula was enough for John Sheridan’s side to go seven games unbeaten – and move to 51 points in League One.

Chris Lines was sent off midway through the second half for two yellow cards for dissent, giving Town an added advantage as they pressed for the three points.

Highbury’s pitch was in good condition despite heavy overnight rainfall as Sheridan named an unchanged side from Good Friday’s 1-0 win against AFC Wimbledon.

Fleetwood got off to a great start as Conor McAleny shot wide within the first two minutes of the game.

Hunter performed well in the first-half, getting plenty of the ball, including an excellent chance with a free kick for Fleetwood, which was palmed away by Rovers goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

The Cod Army played some great football, particularly from Toumani Diagouraga who was unlucky to receive a yellow card just before half-time after a foul on Moore. Cian Bolger was also unlucky after a collision with Ellis Harrison left him with a nasty head wound, but luckily was bandaged up and able to continue.

Despite the rain beginning to pour once again, both sides began the second-half energetically with it all to play for at 0-0. However it all began to go downhill for Rovers in 55th-minute when Lines was saw red for disputing the referee’s decisions.

The Cod Army used this to their advantage and began building pressure with some excellent attacking play, coming close in 65th-minute as a cross from Lewie Coyle found McAleny who headed the ball which unfortunately Paddy Madden was unable to reach at the back post.

Fleetwood came close again in the 77th-minute as an attempt from Kyle Dempsey forced Slocombe into a low save, with the ball finding Coyle whose attempt was too wide.

With momentum building just one minute later Fleetwood made it 1-0 with goal from Hunter whose 25-yard hit bent past Slocombe hitting the back of the net.

However The Pirates responded with their own chance at goal from Harrison who hit the bar from outside the box, almost making it 1-1.

The game then became end-to-end as Town responded with an attempt from Dempsey, but Slocombe was not caught out this time.

Fleetwood were able to make it 2-0 thanks to a late goal from substitute Jordy Hiwula who slotted the ball past Bristol’s goalkeeper after a great ball from Grant.

The home side then hung onto their win until the final whistle after three-minutes of added time.

Fleetwood: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Eastham, Pond ©, Dempsey, McAleny (Hiwula), Bolger, Diagouraga, Madden (Burns), Hunter, Sowerby (Grant)

Subs not used: Neal (GK), Glendon, Jones, Biggins

Bristol Rovers: Slocombe (GK), Brown, Lockyer ©, Clarke, Harrison, Telford (Russe), Lines, Moore (Gaffney), Partington (Sweeney), Craig, Bennett

Subs not used: Smith (GK), Mensah, Hargreaves

Attendance: 2,890 (548)

Referee: R Joyce

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