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Bristol Rovers 4-0 Macclesfield Town

Andy Monkhouse
Andy Monkhouse has scored 4 goals in the Conference this season

Andy Monkhouse scored one goal and created another as second-place Bristol Rovers beat Macclesfield to close the gap on Conference leaders Barnet.

Monkhouse opened the scoring just before half-time when he headed in after Jake Gosling's shot hit the post.

After the break, the forward squared to Nathan Blissett who tucked in a second before Matt Taylor headed a third and Ellis Harrison scored a late penalty.

Rovers move to within seven points of top spot, with Macclesfield third.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Bristol Rovers v Macc

"I thought we raised our game in the second half and we played a lot better.

"I had a little pop at the boys at half-time, even though we were 1-0 up. I thought we had gears to raise.

"It's difficult on the lads, having two games in three games.

"But we were clinical in the second half, which was pretty pleasing."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 7Mansell
  • 24Sinclair
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forO Clarkeat 64'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forGoldbergat 79'minutes
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison
  • 32Speiss

Macclesfield

  • 1Taylor
  • 2Halls
  • 3Barrow
  • 5Pilkington
  • 28Grant
  • 9Holroyd
  • 11Moke
  • 12CowanBooked at 78mins
  • 23WhitakerBooked at 32mins
  • 29Barnes-Homer
  • 32JohnstoneSubstituted forFairhurstat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Fairhurst
  • 14Gnahoua
  • 20Branagan
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
6,943

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Macclesfield Town 0.

Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Barrow with a cross.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

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

Foul by Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town).

Bradley Goldberg (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 4, Macclesfield Town 0. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Scott Barrow (Macclesfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg replaces Matty Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Nathan Blissett.

Booking

Dan Cowan (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dan Cowan (Macclesfield Town).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Macclesfield Town 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Waide Fairhurst replaces Denny Johnstone.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 0. Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Monkhouse.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Jake Gosling.

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Macclesfield Town).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Macclesfield Town).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Chris Holroyd tries a through ball, but Chris Holroyd is caught offside.

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

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jake Gosling with a cross.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

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