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Bristol Rovers 3-1 Nuneaton Town

Tom Parkes
Tom Parkes' early goal set Bristol Rovers on the way to victory over Nuneaton

Matty Taylor and Jake Gosling scored their first Bristol Rovers goals as they overpowered Nuneaton to record a fourth straight home win.

Tom Parkes put the hosts in front after just 71 seconds when Reice Charles-Cook fumbled Dave Martin's free-kick.

Taylor doubled Rovers' lead by converting Lee Mansell's pass, but a Gareth Dean header gave Nuneaton hope.

Gosling restored the two-goal cushion with a left-foot shot after being teed up by Martin to ease any home nerves.

Rovers have dropped only two points at home this season and move up to 10th in the table as a result of their victory.

Managerless Nuneaton, who parted company with manager Brian Reid earlier this month, drop into the relegation zone.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Bristol Rovers v Nuneaton

"I'm delighted with the team performance, although if I am nit-picking we could have finished the game off sooner.

"They scored a goal, which was sloppy from our perspective, but we bounced back.

"I believe we've got a good set of lads that are working hard for the club.

"We're trying to do to things right. The support is crucial and I thank the fans for that."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 15Trotman
  • 3Brown
  • 6Parkes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Martin
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forO Clarkeat 85'minutes
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forHarrisonat 70'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forWhiteat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy

Nuneaton

  • 1Charles-Cook
  • 27McSweeney
  • 24Geohaghon
  • 5DeanBooked at 66mins
  • 6Walker
  • 17SmithSubstituted forHutchinsonat 79'minutes
  • 11StreeteSubstituted forArmsonat 46'minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forJohnat 56'minutes
  • 26Fowler
  • 10Brown
  • 25Curran

Substitutes

  • 7Armson
  • 8John
  • 9Hutchinson
  • 19Wren
  • 21Quinn
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
4,861

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamNuneaton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Nuneaton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Nuneaton Town 1.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Jorrin John (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jamie White replaces Matty Taylor.

Foul by Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ben Hutchinson (Nuneaton Town).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Jake Gosling.

Offside, Nuneaton Town. Andy Brown tries a through ball, but Andy Brown is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Ben Hutchinson replaces Ryan Smith.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Nuneaton Town 1. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dave Martin.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dave Martin.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Tom Lockyer.

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Nuneaton Town).

Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Adam Cunnington because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Jorrin John (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Nuneaton Town 1. Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Fowler with a cross.

Corner, Nuneaton Town.

Booking

Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lee Fowler (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.

Foul by Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town).

Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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