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Chester 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Chester scored two goals in three minutes as they fought back to earn a thrilling draw against Bristol Rovers.

Nathan Blissett put the visitors ahead shortly after half-time as he converted Matt Taylor's pinpoint cross and Tom Parkes lashed in to double the lead.

Rhys Oates pulled one back for Chester as he fired in Craig Mahon's cross.

Two minutes later the hosts completed a fine comeback when Matty Hughes reacted quickest to head Sean McConville's cross beyond keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Chester draw

"A crazy 10 minutes has killed us, hasn't it? I thought we dominated for long periods of the game, our shape, our discipline was excellent.

"I asked for a bit better quality second half, we got that and scored two good goals. But we've had a crazy 10 minutes all over the park where we haven't made the right decisions.

"It's another frustrating afternoon for us, coming to Chester, who've won five out of the last six home games and are in great form themselves, but we've been pretty dominant at times.

"While there are a lot of positives, there's a very a very deflated changing room because we feel we've chucked two points down the pan."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 22Heneghan
  • 5Brown
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 8JamesBooked at 30mins
  • 10Rooney
  • 7Mahon
  • 27HughesSubstituted forHobsonat 87'minutes
  • 12O'KeefeSubstituted forMcConvilleat 46'minutes
  • 9OatesSubstituted forTourayat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kay
  • 13Roberts
  • 16McConville
  • 19Hobson
  • 25Touray

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 3Brown
  • 4LockyerBooked at 18mins
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 7Mansell
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 24Sinclair
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forGoldbergat 87'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forHarrisonat 77'minutes
  • 30Della VerdeSubstituted forGoslingat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Gosling
  • 14Goldberg
  • 17Harrison
  • 29Balanta
Referee:
Karl Evans
Attendance:
2,936

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Ibou Touray replaces Rhys Oates because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Matty Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg replaces Nathan Blissett.

Attempt missed. Matty Hughes (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison tries a through ball, but Ellis Harrison is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Bristol Rovers 2. Matty Hughes (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Matty Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 1, Bristol Rovers 2. Rhys Oates (Chester FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jake Gosling replaces Lyle Della Verde.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Nathan Blissett tries a through ball, but Nathan Blissett is caught offside.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot is saved.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Lyle Della Verde (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 0, Bristol Rovers 2. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lyle Della Verde with a cross.

Foul by Matty Hughes (Chester FC).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kingsley James with a cross.

Hand ball by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matty Taylor with a cross.

Foul by Kieran Charnock (Chester FC).

Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Rhys Oates (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Sean McConville replaces Josh O'Keefe.

Second Half

Second Half begins Chester FC 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chester FC 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

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