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Ainsworth aims for Bristol double
GARETH Ainsworth is looking for his side to make it a Bristol double tomorrow against a Rovers side he expected to challenge for honours this season.
Wanderers knocked Bristol City out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last week and they're now looking to put Rovers to the sword.
The Pirates recovered from a poor start to last season to finish above Wanderers and Ainsworth said he thought they would go on to improve further this time around.
Instead they sit fifth from bottom after winning just twice all season, although both of those victories have come at the Memorial Ground.
And Ainsworth said: "I tipped them to be a strong team this season. They have got a big fanbase, John Ward's a well respected man and manager. I think at the moment they are probably underachieving, they are a bigger team than their league position suggests.
"It will be tough going away there, it's always an intimidating atmosphere, but we've done Bristol City and it would be nice to do the double in the same month."
He added: "We mirrored each other's seasons last year. We were both bottom of the league at one stage and they kicked on really well. John Ward brought a lot of players in, changed a lot of the squad - he had the funds to do it whereas we didn't - and they finished 14th.
"Of the two teams at the bottom of the league in November, us and Bristol Rovers, both performed well in the second half of the season. I expected them to kick on again and I'm still waiting for it to come. Hopefully it doesn't come against us on Saturday."
Wanderers’ reward for beating City in the Trophy is a quarter final trip to League One side Swindon Town. The match will be played at the County Ground on Tuesday, November 12.
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