League Two
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Bristol Rovers 3-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Matt Taylor scored a 12-minute second-half hat-trick as Bristol Rovers moved up to 10th in League Two with victory over Wycombe.

The 25-year-old striker scored the opener on the hour with a 20-yard strike, following a free-kick.

Stuart Sinclair's quick thinking from another free-kick led to Taylor firing in a second from just inside the area.

And Taylor scored his 13th of the season when he ran between two defenders to fire in from close range.

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth:

"We made two really bad mistakes for their last two goals. At 1-0 we were always in the game and we always had a chance.

"We didn't defend well enough and we didn't do enough up front but for the last five games we have done, so I will be putting this game to bed pretty quickly.

"Danny Rowe came in at right back and did himself proud and he did exactly what I wanted him to do,

"I wanted to see a bit more aggression and on the front foot from him and he did that tonight so that was a positive."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Nicholls
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 79'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forBodinat 58'minutes
  • 24Sinclair
  • 3Brown
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 84'minutes
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 5McChrystal
  • 9Harrison
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin
  • 29Cowan-Hall

Wycombe

  • 1Ingram
  • 2Jombati
  • 22McCarthy
  • 5Stewart
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Harriman
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 20O'Nien
  • 11WoodSubstituted forSellersat 71'minutes
  • 9HayesSubstituted forHollowayat 66'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 7ThompsonSubstituted forUgwuat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McGinn
  • 12Banton
  • 15Sellers
  • 16Holloway
  • 17Kretzschmar
  • 21Lynch
  • 23Ugwu
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
6,136

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Hand ball by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matt Ingram.

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

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Gozie Ugwu (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Paris Cowan-Hall replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Booking

Aaron Holloway (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Holloway (Wycombe Wanderers).

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Sellers (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Wycombe Wanderers 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter.

Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Rowe (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Ryan Sellers replaces Sam Wood.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Gozie Ugwu replaces Garry Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Aaron Holloway replaces Paul Hayes.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Wycombe Wanderers 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair.

Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Wycombe Wanderers 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Mansell.

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin replaces Ollie Clarke.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sido Jombati.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

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5Portsmouth20810233181534
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7Mansfield2095628181032
8Leyton Orient208753227531
9Wycombe198652419530
10Bristol Rovers209382723430
11Exeter208662827130
12Wimbledon207762626028
13Morecambe208393737027
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16Notts County197482730-325
17Crawley207492532-725
18Stevenage205782736-922
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21Newport204792129-819
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23York2026122242-2012
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