Bristol Rovers 2 Tranmere Rovers 2

3pm, Saturday 20th November 2021
The Memorial Stadium
League Two

Preview

After the cup drama of Tuesday evening, The Gas are back in league action on Saturday with the visit of Tranmere Rovers to the Memorial Stadium.

Difficult one this for supporters, as the usual “Come On Rovers” does not really work in this case…

The Gas will be looking to build on their recent good form and continue to rise up the League Two table. Both teams are mid-table, with Tranmere Rovers two places above The Gas in 12th position, having gained one point more. A win for either team would see them closing in on the coveted playoff positions.

These teams last met during the 2019/2020 season, during which Tranmere Rovers got relegated to League Two. The games ended with a draw and a win for The Gas. The meeting before that was in 2014 and ended in defeat for The Gas in the FA Cup First Round.

Tranmere are on a three game losing streak, so this is a good opportunity for Bristol Rovers to take all three points. I am very hopeful for a home win this weekend.

Match Report

Two points dropped as The Gas let slip a comfortable two goal lead. It was a game of two halves, with Bristol Rovers having the better of the first half and Tranmere Rovers dominating the second half. The Gas had chances to win the game, with an open goal missed right at the end.

The game started perfectly for The Gas, with a goal within the first five minutes. Josh Grant rose to head The Gas in front, the perfect delivery met with the perfect finish. The Gas made it 2-0 with a goal from a corner on the left side, slotted home from within six yards by Sam Nicholson.

Tranmere Rovers pulled a goal back with their only chance in the first half, a hopeful cross was not dealt with and the Tranmere player managed to drag the ball back and place it round James Belshaw.

James Belshaw made a superb save just before half time to ensure that The Gas went into the break in the lead.

The feeling at this point was that the game was fully in control, and it was only a matter of time before we would score again. Alas, that did not happen and the second half was largely dominated by Tranmere Rovers who managed to keep us pegged back inside our own half for large periods of the half.

Approaching the hour mark, Bristol Rovers have taken their foot of the Gas. inviting Tranmere Rovers on to them. They need to step up the tempo and play with a sense of urgency.

With fifteen minutes to go, the Tranmere pressure paid off as the visitors equalised.

The match ended 2-2 with both teams having chances in the last few minutes to win the game. The move of the game resulted in Sam Nicholson with a golden opportunity to take all three points with a clear shot on goal from twelve yards. Unfortunately, the shot was dragged wide.

Another point gained and a reasonable performance from The Gas. I felt that this game was there for the taking and it feels like two points dropped. Still, four points out of the last two games is a good return and something to build upon. We are only four points off the playoffs so there is everything to play for and the team are performing much better than they were one month ago.

UTG.

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