Bristol Rovers v Accrington preview
Last Updated: 10/08/18 1:41pm
Bristol Rovers could hand debuts to strikers Stefan Payne and Alex Jakubiak in the Sky Bet League One match against Accrington.
Payne signed ahead of the transfer deadline from Shrewsbury, while Jakubiak joined on loan from Watford, so could go straight into the side as Rovers look to recover from the opening-day defeat at Peterborough.
Midfielder Stuart Sinclair and defender Joe Partington both missed the game against Posh through injury, so will be assessed. Summer arrival Tareiq Holmes-Dennis continues his recovery towards a return to full match fitness following a long-term knee problem.
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Accrington boss John Coleman saw striker Kayden Jackson sold to Championship side Ipswich ahead of the transfer deadline. Goalkeeper Connor Ripley, son of former England winger Stuart, has joined on loan from Middlesbrough, so could come into contention ahead of Jonathan Maxted.
Experienced striker Andy Mangan has signed on a one-year contract after impressing while training with Stanley, while teenage Northern Irish forward Andrew Scott has agreed a three-year deal. Defender Matthew Platt, signed from Blackburn on a season-loan loan, was on the bench for the opening day defeat by Gillingham, so could feature.
Bristol Rovers have not beaten Accrington Stanley since April 2012 (5-1), losing each of the last six meetings between the sides.
Accrington Stanley's six wins on the bounce against Bristol Rovers represents their longest current winning run against any side in all competitions.
Bristol Rovers are unbeaten in their last eight home league games (W2 D6), though the last four have all ended in a 1-1 scoreline.
Accrington Stanley's opening day defeat in their first ever third tier match means they've now lost three of their last four league games (W1), having lost just one of the previous 20.
Accrington mustered 17 shots in their opening game against Gillingham, the most of any League One side who failed to score on the opening day.