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Wrexham 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Steve Mildenhall
Bristol Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall was taken off with a knee injury in the first half

Wrexham survived without sent-off Rob Evans while Bristol Rovers played 50 minutes without a recognised goalkeeper in an eventful goalless draw.

Defender Mark McChrystal moved into the visitors' goal after Steve Mildenhall's 42nd-minute exit with a knee injury.

Soon after, referee Ross Joyce judged Evans' challenge on Matty Taylor worthy of a red card and the hosts were down to 10 men for the second half.

But neither side could take advantage of their opponents' misfortune.

Alex Wall hit the crossbar from a free-kick late on for Rovers, while Wrexham's Elliott Durrell headed high and Connor Jennings forced a good save from McChrystal.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

"Again a refereeing decision has cost us. The same thing happened at Altrincham and it looks like the same thing has happened tonight.

"If we're getting people sent off for dissent and those sort of things then clearly I can do something about that.

"I can't stop my players tackling and I'm not going to stop them tackling.

"The referee shouldn't be the most important person on the field. I think we're getting a raw deal."

Bristol Rovers defender-turned-goalkeeper Mark McChrystal told BBC Radio Bristol:

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McChrystal pleased with keeper cameo

"I've never played in goal before so it was an interesting evening. I wasn't expecting it

"He (manager Darrell Clarke) asked if I'd do it and I said no problem, I'd give it a go.

"I think I did fine. The lads did well in front of me, and them having 10 men helped a bit as well.

"But I've gone out there and we've got a clean sheet. It's not as easy as it looks."

Line-ups

Wrexham

  • 13Bachmann
  • 18White
  • 4Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 3Ashton
  • 2Carrington
  • 6Clarke
  • 15EvansBooked at 45mins
  • 24JenningsBooked at 90mins
  • 10BishopSubstituted forMoultat 88'minutes
  • 16YorkSubstituted forDurrellat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Durrell
  • 8Harris
  • 9Moult
  • 14Tomassen
  • 29Thompson

Bristol Rovers

  • 1MildenhallSubstituted forTrotmanat 42'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 30Della VerdeSubstituted forBalantaat 24'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 24Sinclair
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 27BlissettBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWallat 70'minutes
  • 10TaylorBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 29Balanta
  • 31Wall
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
2,608

Match Stats

Home TeamWrexhamAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wrexham 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wrexham 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Wrexham.

Hand ball by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Alex Wall (Bristol Rovers).

Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Booking

Connor Jennings (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Louis Moult replaces Andy Bishop.

Attempt missed. Elliott Durrell (Wrexham) header from the left side of the box is too high.

Booking

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Daniel Bachmann (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Alex Wall (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Wrexham).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers).

Elliott Durrell (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Andy Bishop (Wrexham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

Attempt missed. Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Wall replaces Nathan Blissett.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Elliott Durrell replaces Wes York.

Foul by Mark Carrington (Wrexham).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Attempt missed. Neil Ashton (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers).

Joe Clarke (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Andy Bishop (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Manny Smith (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Corner, Wrexham.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Neil Ashton (Wrexham).

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