Rovers to return with three points

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: February 21 2013, 19:02 GMT

Our League Two expert Nick Hext thinks Bristol Rovers can continue a fine recent record on the road with victory at Morecambe.

John Ward's Bristol Rovers can win at Morecambe.

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A 2-1 defeat at home to Rotherham in midweek was a blow to Bristol Rovers but it doesn't undo all the good work that has been done in recent weeks.

John Ward's men had only lost one of their previous eight matches prior to Tuesday night's disappointment - that defeat coming at home against leaders Gillingham - and now sit six points clear of the relegation zone after being in all kinds of bother at the start of the year.

The Pirates' record on the road makes particularly impressive reading with a current five-match unbeaten run including hugely impressive victories at Oxford, Rotherham and Fleetwood.

Ward certainly remains positive about his side's survival chances as he stays calm ahead of the weekend's trip to Morecambe.

"Defeat happens, and you have to bounce back, this is not a unique situation," he told the club's official website after the loss against the Millers.

"The last time we lost, against Gillingham, we bounced back very well, and we have to put that experience to good use again.

"Despite the defeat on Tuesday we have looked back over the games we have played in recent weeks and we have handled ourselves well against teams that have been playing well.

"We are quite capable of going up there and handling ourselves well. With our performances I think we have gained a lot of respect from our opponents, which is what we have to continue to do."

Morecambe are another side worthy of respect and the 1-0 victory at Port Vale last weekend, which knocked the Valiants off the top of the standings, was a mighty fine effort.

The Shrimps now sit 10th with a seven-point gap to the play-offs and that is a great showing from boss Jim Bentley and his players.

I don't see them reaching the top seven though and Bristol Rovers really are a side performing to their best at the moment.

Morecambe are not to be underestimated but I find the 12/5 for the Pirates to pick up the three points just too tempting to ignore.


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