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Bristol Rovers 1-1 Torquay United

Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor
Matty Taylor also scored Rovers' opening goal in their 2-1 win against Torquay at Plainmoor on Boxing Day

Bristol Rovers came from behind to earn a point against Torquay United but slipped further behind leaders Barnet.

Visiting defender Angus MacDonald brought down Ellis Harrison to concede an 82nd-minute penalty, and was also sent off for his second yellow card.

And Rovers top scorer Matty Taylor kept his nerve to hammer home from the spot.

The Gulls, now without a win in three games, had taken an early lead when Duane Ofori-Acheampong stabbed in a Tom Cruise cross - his sixth of the season.

Taylor, who has now scored nine goals this season, and Nathan Blissett had chances to draw level before the break, but the home side's sustained second-half pressure was finally rewarded to keep Rovers in second in the table.

Backing up their 2-1 win over the Gulls on Boxing Day and Sunday's 4-0 win at home to Macclesfield, it stretches their unbeaten Conference Premier run to 12 matches.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Parkes
  • 15TrotmanSubstituted forMcChrystalat 49'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGoslingat 63'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 24Sinclair
  • 10Taylor
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 11Gosling
  • 14Goldberg
  • 17Harrison
  • 32Speiss

Torquay

  • 23Seabright
  • 3Cruise
  • 4Downes
  • 21MacDonaldBooked at 82mins
  • 29Berry
  • 12ChapellSubstituted forBriscoeat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8Young
  • 10Ajala
  • 6Harding
  • 9Bowman
  • 24Ofori-AcheampongSubstituted forPearceat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rice
  • 5Pearce
  • 7Briscoe
  • 14Yeoman
  • 16Richards
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
8,044

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Luke Young (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Luke Young (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

Booking

Louis Briscoe (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Louis Briscoe (Torquay United).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Durrell Berry (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Krystian Pearce replaces Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Angus MacDonald (Torquay United) for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Torquay United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Louis Briscoe (Torquay United).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Thomas Cruise (Torquay United).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Angus MacDonald (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

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

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

Attempt missed. Toby Ajala (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Nathan Blissett.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Louis Briscoe replaces Jordan Chapell.

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

Booking

Angus MacDonald (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Angus MacDonald (Torquay United).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Harding (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

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

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