Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers' promotion rivals 'have everything to lose'

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke is looking to guide Bristol Rovers to a second successive promotion

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke says their promotion rivals Accrington and Oxford United have "everything to lose" on the final day of the season.

By easing past York City last Saturday, Clarke's side ensured the battle for automatic promotion to League One will not be decided until Saturday, 7 May.

Rovers lie fourth, one point behind Oxford and two behind Accrington.

"We're the chasing team. The other two teams no doubt will be really nervous," Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol.

"They've got everything to lose now in that last game - we've got everything to gain.

"We've got make sure we do our job on Saturday. If we finish on 85 points and find ourselves not promoted, we'll be very, very unfortunate, and we'll go again in the play-offs."

Rovers host already-relegated Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, while Accrington are at home to 19th-placed Stevenage and Oxford host 10th-placed Wycombe.

"Every team has got to win," added Clarke. "Do I think we're due a bit of luck? Yes, I do."

Rovers are bidding to return to the third tier for the first time since relegation in 2011.

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