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Match Previews


1 April 2022

Match Previews


1 April 2022

The Bantams are on the road again this Saturday, making the long trip south to play Bristol Rovers in a Sky Bet League Two clash set for 3.00pm.

City make the trip to the Memorial Stadium to face one of the most in-form teams in the division.

The Gas had won four-consecutive matches before suffering a shock defeat to Carlisle United last weekend.

It was last-gasp heartbreak for the Bantams when the sides met in West Yorkshire. Brett Pitman headed home in the 90th minute, drawing them level for the second time in the game to snatch a point from City.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about this weekend’s hosts.


The Gas had a consistent January window, signing three players to replace the three who left the Memorial Stadium.

INCOMINGS: Ryan Loft (Scunthorpe), James Connolly (Cardiff, loan), Jon Nolan (Ipswich).

OUTGOINGS: Mark Hughes (Plymouth Argyle, coach), Zain Westbrooke (Stevenage, loan), Brett Pitman (Eastleigh, loan).


Aaron Collins

Collins re-joined the Gas last summer having spent time in their academy before moving to Newport.

The 24-year-old has had five permanent clubs already, spending time with a further six on loan.

Collins is the Gas’ top-scorer this season with 13 goals to his name, while providing two assists.

Antony Evans

Evans is the main man at the Memorial Stadium, contributing 19 goals for Joey Barton’s side - scoring nine and providing 10 assists.

The 23-year-old was another summer signing after departing 2. Bundesliga side SC Paderborn 07.

Evans is native to Liverpool and spent his youth days with Everton, enjoying loan spells at Blackpool and Morecambe before moving to Germany.

Sam Finley

Finley is the bedrock of an impressive Gas side and has been arguably their most consistent player this season, operating as a combative midfield player. 

The 29-year-old has contributed nine goals this season, scoring five while providing four assists.


Paul Coutts captains the Gas despite only joining the club in the summer.

Following the departure of former captains Max Ehmer and Luke Leahy, manager Joey Barton had to elect his on-field leader at the start of the season.

The veteran midfielder’s previous experience with manager Barton accelerated his seniority in the squad, leading to his appointment.


Former Newcastle United, Manchester City and QPR midfielder Joey Barton is the man in charge at the Memorial Stadium.

Barton took the managerial post at the Gas in February this year, with the side languishing in the relegation zone of Sky Bet League One.

Since then, Barton has curated players that will play to his tune and have earned a place in the promotion race.


Carlisle 1 (Kristian Dennis 72’)

Bristol Rovers 0

BRISTOL ROVERS: James Belshaw; James Connolly, Harry Anderson, Luca Hoole, Connor Taylor (booked 90+6’); Elliot Anderson, Paul Coutts © (Luke Thomas 84’), Sam Finley, Glenn Whelan (Leon Clarke 66’); Sam Nicholson (Harvey Saunders 66’), Aaron Collins. SUBS (not used): Ryan Loft, Cian Harries, Jed Ward, Trevor Clarke. 


Meetings: 29

City Wins: 5

Draws: 9

Bristol Rovers Wins: 15

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