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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Eastleigh

Richard Hill
Eastleigh boss Richard Hill saw his side end Bristol Rovers' 20-game unbeaten run in the Conference

Bristol Rovers' 20-game unbeaten league run was brought to an end by Eastleigh as the visitors secured a deserved victory at the Conference leaders.

Michael Green's free-kick crept into the net to give Eastleigh an early lead, before Jack Midson added a second from close range.

Matt Taylor pulled one back for Rovers from Lee Mansell's pass, but the hosts could not find an equaliser.

Rovers remain two points clear at the top despite the defeat.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Eastleigh loss

"When you have the amount of players that we had today who just weren't on it, weren't playing well you don't win football matches

"The quicker we put this one to bed the better. I don't really like pushing things under the carpet, but like I say we had a lot of players off their game today.

"Eastleigh, let's give them a lot of credit, they punished us and could have won by more on the day.

"We were looking for answers, and getting ourselves in positions to create things, but the amount of misplaced passes and poor performances on the day, the first person I look in the mirror is myself, whether I made the right changes with the formation."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forBlissettat 46'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 3Brown
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 7MansellSubstituted forO Clarkeat 86'minutes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 28DawsonSubstituted forBalantaat 67'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 17Harrison

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 15Trotman
  • 25Puddy
  • 27Blissett
  • 29Balanta

Eastleigh

  • 1FlitneyBooked at 66mins
  • 2SpenceBooked at 40mins
  • 3Green
  • 5Beckwith
  • 26Partington
  • 8Stanley
  • 10Reason
  • 14Strevens
  • 27Pell
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forBurtonat 66'minutes
  • 12MidsonBooked at 15minsSubstituted forMcAllisterat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Todd
  • 11McAllister
  • 19Howard
  • 28Walker
  • 29Burton
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
7,371

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamEastleigh
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Eastleigh 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Eastleigh 2.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Lee Mansell.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Booking

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

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Eastleigh 2. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

Attempt missed. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Dean Beckwith (Eastleigh).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Craig Stanley (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Lee Brown tries a through ball, but Lee Brown is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Angelo Balanta replaces Adam Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister replaces Jack Midson.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Deon Burton replaces James Constable.

Booking

Ross Flitney (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Eastleigh 2. Jack Midson (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Spence with a cross.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

Attempt missed. Joe Partington (Eastleigh) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Green.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Attempt saved. James Constable (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jack Midson with a cross.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Nathan Blissett replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Eastleigh 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Eastleigh 1.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Corner, Eastleigh.

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