Bristol City are the visitors to Wirral in what is the first of nine Friday Night games at Prenton Park for the 2006/07 season.
Brizzle haven`t exactly showered themselves with positive media coverage in recent weeks. A week and a bit ago, during a televised game away to Northampton, Robins` players Bradley Orr and Louis Carey decided to have a bit of a fight before they defended a corner. Orr was promptly sent off by the referee and was close to tears when he talked about it to Sky TV afterwards. The team did show some spirit that night however, as they defeated the Cobblers 2-1 despite playing with one less man.
Things were to get more embarrassing for the club later that week. Defender Dave Partridge (now on loan to Leyton Orient), influential Striker and captain Steve Brooker and the aforementioned Orr were all given Jail sentences when they were charged with affray after an incident in October 2005, involving Night Club Bouncers in Bristol. Midfielder Scott Brown received community service for his part in the trouble (cue ‘You`re supposed to be in jail` sung from the stands perhaps!).
The club also had to cope with the loss of 18-year old attacker Dave Cotterill, who was sold to Wigan on transfer Deadline day for £2million.
Anyway, enough about them. Rovers have made a good start to the season and could even top the table on Friday if they win by a big margin. The Whites have a 100% home record so far and will look to carry it on against the weakened City, although this will still be a tricky game against a side that has a lot of quality despite it`s recent problems.
Ronnie Moore is looking forward to his first game in charge ‘under the lights’. Speaking to the Official Site he said ‘We’ll be looking forward to it, it’s a hell of a night for us. We all know what it’s like here on a Friday.
The atmosphere under Kingy was brilliant. That’s what we want. The atmosphere under lights is special. If we have a decent result and a few goals we could go top of the league.
But Bristol City are a good side, there’s no doubt about that. They’ve got strength in depth and Gary Johnson has done a good job and knows what it’s about.’
Tranmere Rovers Team News:
Danny Harrison and Calvin Zola are still out injured for Rovers with Foot and Hamstring injuries respectively.
Player to watch: Gavin Ward
Bristol City Team News:
Brooker and Orr out for the Robins as they are still behind bars.
Former Luton Striker Enoch Showunmi is rated as 50/50 with a knee injury.
Player to watch: Lee Johnson
The son of manager Gary Johnson, the former Yeovil man returned to the South West in August after an unsuccessfull spell North of the border at Hearts.
Highly rated during his time with the Glovers, Johnson likes to control the tempo of the game in his central midfield role using his great passing ability.
Match Facts & Stats
Revenge please. City completed the double over Rovers last season. They won 1-0 at Ashton Gate courtesy of a Luke Wilkshire strike, and they beat us 3-0 at Prenton Park with Brooker, McCammon and Woodman the scorers.
Rovers 2-1 Bristol City
Greenacre and Ward (only joking.. I’ll …say …Shuker) for Rovers, with Jevons for the Robins.
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Tuesday 12th of September