Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers '50-50 for promotion' with three games remaining

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke's Bristol Rovers were promoted back to the Football League last season

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke says his side have a "50-50" chance of winning automatic promotion from League Two in May, with three matches to play.

Rovers are fifth in the table, two points behind second-placed Accrington and just one point off the top three.

Clarke's side host Exeter on Saturday before games against 23rd-placed York and 24th-placed Dagenham & Redbridge.

"For me, there's a 50% chance of going up. Saturday's game is absolutely huge," Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I put it down as one of the biggest games the club has had since the play-off final last year.

"It's massive because then, although no games are won on paper, we've got two games against York, who are all but relegated, and Dagenham, who are relegated.

"We need everybody now right behind us. There will be twists and turns. There will be surprise results. As we've seen over recent weeks there are no easy games in this league.

"We've done all this on a mid-table budget so let's get behind the players. My boys are excited.

"I'm desperate for promotion now. We all want it now we're here."

Rovers were in the automatic promotion places before Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Stevenage saw them slip to fifth.

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