Bristol R v Portsmouth preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth at the Memorial Stadium.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 14:44   

Tom Lockyer: Serving a one-match ban

Tom Lockyer: Serving a one-match ban

Bristol Rovers will be without Tom Lockyer when they host Portsmouth.

The young defender was booked for the fifth time this season in the midweek FA Cup replay with Crawley, a match that was abandoned with just over 15 minutes remaining, meaning he will sit out the clash with Pompey.

Manager John Ward recalled Ellis Harrison to the starting line-up for the first time since mid-October and the Welsh winger will hope he has done enough to keep his place while on-loan Preston striker Chris Beardsley was also handed a start.

Ward will have to decide whether to stick with Beardsley or recall former Wycombe forward Matt Harrold who was introduced as a second-half substitute.

Portsmouth could welcome back Danny East when they head to Bristol Rovers.

The defender is back in training three weeks after he was taken to hospital with a neck injury having landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge against Wycombe.

New boss Richie Barker will be weighing up changes after watching Pompey slump 2-0 at home to Newport in his first game in charge last weekend.

Defender Dan Butler and striker Tom Craddock are still out with knee injuries while left-back Dan Potts plays the final game of his loan spell from West Ham

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Thu, 24 Apr 2014

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