WE take a closer look at our League One Bristol Rovers opponents ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match.
Age - 40
Previous clubs managed
Winning promotion to League One in 2016
Preferred managerial style
Pragmatic – Clarke’s side are capable of playing in a number of different ways but are perhaps at their best when attacking and on the front foot.
Managerial record at Bristol Rovers
Games 223 W 98 D 50 L 75
Darell Clarke’s record against QPR
Formation and Tactics
Bristol Rovers under Clarke have used a few different formations but are most likely to adopt a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 at Loftus Road. They have used a number of players so far this season, suggesting that Clarke is still searching for his best eleven at this early stage of the campaign. A pre-season injury to Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and the summer departure of Lee Brown has given Clarke a problem in the left-back area whilst they are also missing some creativity up top, with last season's top goal-scorer Elis Harrison moving to Ipswich. Their midfield three usually consists of two players who like to keep possession and another who will get forward and support the loan striker.
Bristol Rovers suffered a 1-0 home defeat in a game which they never really clicked. Southend scored mid-way through the first half and the Gas produced very little in terms of an attacking threat to get back into the match and had very few clear-cut chances. Afterwards, Darell Clarke suggested that the players had lost the trust of their fans and they had to put that right so we can expect a fired up Rovers side in W12.
Kyle Bennett – A player who possesses great quality on the ball and gets into positions between the midfield and forward line that make him dangerous to mark. Bennett might start on the left but will be given licence to roam around the pitch.
One to Watch
Alex Rodman - A summer signing from Shrewsbury, the winger is a tricky customer and his weaving dribbling style will provide the Pirates with a threat down the right-hand-side.