Oxford v Bristol Rovers preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Oxford United and Bristol Rovers at the Kassam Stadium.

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Lewis Montrose: Could feature for U's

Lewis Montrose: Could feature for U's

Lewis Montrose could return to action for Oxford.

The 24-year-old Gillingham loanee has not featured since the 2-1 victory at Bradford back in January due to a hamstring injury but he could be involved against the Pirates.

Andy Whing continues to progress from his ankle injury and he played 45 minutes in a Oxfordshire Senior Cup tie in midweek but this match is expected to come too soon for the versatile defender.

Max Crocombe, Harry Worley, Simon Heslop, and Josh Parker all got valuable game time under their belt in the 1-0 win as they look to force their way back into the side.

Oxford have not won a home game since New Year's Day and are without a victory in three.

Bristol Rovers have no fresh injury worries.

Oliver Norburn's stunning strike deep into added time earned the Pirates a point in Tuesday night's clash at Cheltenham and they are now three points clear of the relegation zone.

"We have a sign in the dressing room saying 'winners don't give in' and we are trying to be winners - we haven't been in the past but we are trying to be now and we certainly don't give in," manager John Ward said.

Ward could name the same side again with the likes of David Clarkson and Fabian Broghammer pushing for places in the starting line-up.

Midfielder Jim Paterson is still sidelined with a hamstring complaint.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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