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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Accrington Stanley

Peter Murphy

Accrington scored a stoppage-time winner to move six points clear of the League Two relegation places and plunge Bristol Rovers into more trouble.

Peter Murphy netted the decisive goal, latching onto Danny Webber's lay-off to earn Stanley a second successive win.

On-loan Kaid Mohamed had the home side's best opportunities, forcing Marcus Bettinelli into a smart save and then hitting a post in the second half.

Murphy headed wide before scoring his eighth goal of the season.

Rovers are 20th, four points above the relegation zone, while Accrington are three places and two points above them in the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Points West:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss John Ward

"We've won games like this. We beat Exeter in the 93rd minute, so we've had it in our favour as well.

"We pretty much dominated proceedings for the full period of the game and that's the frustration.

"We've created enough chances, but we haven't completed enough. On our count, we had 21 attempts on goal and very few on target.

"Our shooting was extremely wayward, rather than composed which is what it was on Saturday [against Newport]."

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

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Post-match: Accrington boss Beattie

"We're making a habit of it [scoring late goals] but it's a good sign because it shows they're finishing games strongly and creating chances late on.

"It was never going to be a spectacle but you play to the conditions.

"The lads stayed in the game and rode their luck at times. The result is that we've come away with three points."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6ParkesBooked at 40mins
  • 29McChrystal
  • 30Lockyer
  • 32O'Toole
  • 9HarroldSubstituted forBeardsleyat 76'minutes
  • 10RichardsSubstituted forHarrisonat 76'minutes
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 15Norburn
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 34Keary

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 16Hunt
  • 19Wilson
  • 4JoyceBooked at 42mins
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 11NaismithSubstituted forMolyneuxat 79'minutes
  • 2Murphy
  • 44BowermanSubstituted forWebberat 82'minutes
  • 24Odejayi
  • 15Mingoia

Substitutes

  • 3Liddle
  • 9Webber
  • 10Hatfield
  • 13Molyneux
  • 17Gray
  • 20Windass
  • 25Atkinson
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
6,067

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Webber.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Danny Webber replaces George Bowerman.

Attempt saved. George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Lee Molyneux replaces Kal Naismith.

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Matt Harrold.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Eliot Richards.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Attempt blocked. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt saved. George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield28149544251951
2Scunthorpe281311441271450
3Fleetwood27153944311348
4Rochdale27145843331047
5Oxford Utd271210536211546
6Southend27137735231246
7Burton2713773127446
8Newport2510873530538
9Wimbledon28108103131038
10Morecambe28108103337-438
11Dag & Red2899103636036
12Plymouth2798102430-635
13Cheltenham2781093438-434
14Hartlepool2897123035-534
15Exeter2796123236-433
16York29711113236-432
17Accrington2788113238-632
18Portsmouth28711103341-832
19Mansfield28710112938-931
20Bristol Rovers2779112528-330
21Wycombe2778123237-529
22Bury26610103034-428
23Torquay2768132741-1426
24Northampton2657142036-1622
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