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Grimsby Town 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers closed the gap on Conference leaders Barnet with a narrow victory over Grimsby Town.

Tom Lockyer scored the winner in the second half, finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The Pirates missed the opportunity to take the lead earlier, as Matt Taylor struck the post with a penalty.

Lenell John-Lewis missed Grimsby's only meaningful effort, as Rovers cut Barnet's lead at the top to four points after the Bees lost at Wrexham.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"As I predicted there was not much in it, very little really.

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Hurst on Grimsby v Bristol Rovers

"Ultimately they got the all-important goal. We've been beaten by a good side who are on a excellent run.

"They're very well organised, they know their jobs and are willing to not get carried away with individual performances and work as a team.

"I don't mean any disrespect to Bristol Rovers but I said I would have been surprised if they totally outplayed us and I don't think that was the case."

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Grimsby v Bristol Rovers

"I'm delighted with our performance. I thought we edged the game if I'm being honest.

"We created more chances against a very good Grimsby team.

"I think we deserved to win. You could have come in at half-time after missing a penalty and be mentally weak.

"But we didn't. We just pushed it aside. They're a mentally strong group."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeownBooked at 40mins
  • 6MagnayBooked at 26mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 22NsialaBooked at 71mins
  • 35RobertsonBooked at 85minsSubstituted forWatsonat 85'minutes
  • 7Mackreth
  • 8Disley
  • 16ClaySubstituted forMcLaughlinat 81'minutes
  • 20Arnold
  • 34JolleySubstituted forHannahat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14John-Lewis

Substitutes

  • 2Bignot
  • 10Hannah
  • 19Parslow
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 31Watson

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 3Brown
  • 7Mansell
  • 4LockyerBooked at 86mins
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 28Dawson
  • 10Taylor
  • 27Blissett

Substitutes

  • 11Gosling
  • 14Wakefield
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison
  • 29Balanta
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
4,073

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Jack Mackreth tries a through ball, but Jack Mackreth is caught offside.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

Booking

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Hamish Watson replaces Gregor Robertson.

Booking

Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Craig Clay.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Christian Jolley.

Booking

Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Adam Dawson with a cross.

Attempt saved. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Adam Dawson.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

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