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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green extended their unbeaten run to five games after Daniel Coles' goal was enough to beat his old club Bristol Rovers.

The visitors were dominant in the first half, with Kurtis Guthrie twice shooting wide.

They went ahead when Coles headed Rob Sinclar's cross into the bottom corner.

Dave Martin went close to an equaliser with a header but the hosts ended with 10 men after Daniel Leadbitter was sent off for bringing down Guthrie.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke speaks to BBC Radio Bristol:

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Forest Green loss

"Very frustrating to keep coming in and saying the chances we've missed we've got to do better in front of goal and that's there for everyone to see.

"Because to get something out of the game with ten men can't knock the lads for their effort and desire. I thought we were the better team with ten men for the majority of the second half.

"We lost to many individual battles for me first half, then got a great response second half to be fair to the boys. Obviously down to the red card, we'll have to look at that one again.

"But we have to take our medicine and move on from it you're going to take a few hits along the way we took a hit today I don't think we deserved to lose the match if I'm being honest but we've lost the football match because we didn't finish our chances."

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Bristol Rovers v Forest Green

"The way we played first half we could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up.

"In the second half we had to dig in, and it's always hard when teams go down to 10 men.

"Bristol Rovers is a very good football club, and a top team, and to come here and beat them for their first home defeat was brilliant.

"I love 1-0's, it's my favourite scoreline, but I wished we'd scored one or two at the end because my ticker's not too great."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterBooked at 59mins
  • 15TrotmanBooked at 14mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 23MonkhouseSubstituted forMartinat 22'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forWhiteat 84'minutes
  • 7MansellBooked at 59mins
  • 11Gosling
  • 27Cunnington
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forHarrisonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 16Martin
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 6Bennett
  • 26Coles
  • 15Oshodi
  • 10Kelly
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 17Guthrie
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forKamdjoat 90'minutes
  • 7NorwoodSubstituted forFrearat 65'minutes
  • 20Parkin
  • 25RodgersSubstituted forJolleyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 11Hughes
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 18Frear
  • 28Jolley
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
7,014

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Rob Sinclair.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt saved. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jamie White replaces Ollie Clarke.

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

Christian Jolley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kurtis Guthrie with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers).

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Christian Jolley replaces Luke Rodgers.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Coles tries a through ball, but Daniel Coles is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Mansell.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

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