Bristol Rovers Preview vs Sunderland (A) – The post Clarke era begins

It’s under 72 hours away until Bristol Rovers head to their longest away day and face high-flying Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Rovers head to the north east, without Darrell Clarke whose spell as Rovers’s boss ended on Thursday as he was let go by the board.

First team coach Graham Coughlan, will take caretaker charge until a successor is found.

Rovers head into this game losing five on the bounce and four points off safety and the odds are stacked against them to get anything against Sunderland who are formidable at home this season under Jack Ross.

Ross and Sunderland sit in the top four of the division and are team very hard to beat and have easily dispatched most teams at home and with Rovers confidence-stricken and in a real rut of form you can’t help but feel the black cats could prey on the wounded animal that is Rovers.

The Gas leaked in four goals last time out at home to Doncaster and have been leaking more goals in recently which is a serious concern as scoring goals has been a continuous problem all season long.

Over 1,000 Rovers fans will make the long, tiring journey to the Stadium of the Light.

Rovers head to the Stadium of Light for the first time since they moved to the stadium in 1997. They haven’t faced Sunderland since September 1992.

They will look for their first win at Sunderland since 1978 and how brilliant would it be to come now and give everyone at the troubled club a huge lift.

Picture Credit: Bristol Rovers

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