League Two
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Bristol Rovers 3-0 Crawley Town

Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor has now scored 25 goals for Bristol Rovers this season

Bristol Rovers moved back into the League Two play-off places with a comfortable win over Crawley Town.

Matt Taylor gave Rovers a second-half lead with a powerful header from Liam Lawrence's corner.

Lawrence turned from provider to scorer 22 minutes later as he struck home an exquisite 25-yard free-kick before Taylor netted a second header soon after following Chris Lines' corner.

Cristian Montano could have added a fourth, but Callum Preston saved well.

Rovers move up a place to third in the table on goal difference following Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 loss at Devon rivals Exeter City, while Crawley stay in 16th place.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Yates on Bristol Rovers v Crawley

"We came to a team who are in form and have momentum with them and have got a goalscorer who has 25 now and we added to our own downfall conceding the goals we did.

"It was three set-pieces and we normally pride ourselves on being a decent set-piece side.

"I'm proud of the group and we've had so many things that have hindered us this year, for example the numbers, the training ground and I am not making excuses but it's been a tough year.

"I am just pleased after 40 games hopefully we are not near that bottom two and we haven't been in that bottom two all season."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 3Brown
  • 23Bodin
  • 14LinesBooked at 13mins
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forMontañoat 77'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 85'minutes
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forMcBurnieat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 9Harrison
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
  • 29McBurnie

Crawley

  • 12Preston
  • 22Bond
  • 6Bradley
  • 31Dunne
  • 25YorwerthBooked at 40mins
  • 7Edwards
  • 24SutherlandBooked at 72minsSubstituted forWaltonat 76'minutes
  • 20DeaconSubstituted forFenelonat 65'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 14Young
  • 30Della VerdeBooked at 64mins
  • 18HarroldSubstituted forBarnardat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rose
  • 4Walton
  • 5McNerney
  • 9Barnard
  • 15Fenelon
  • 16Ashton
  • 17Bawling
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
8,250

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home3
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Crawley Town 0.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Crawley Town).

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

Foul by Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Barnard replaces Matt Harrold.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Oliver McBurnie replaces Rory Gaffney.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

Attempt blocked. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Crawley Town 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Callum Preston.

Attempt saved. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Liam Lawrence.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Simon Walton replaces Frankie Sutherland.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Crawley Town 0. Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Frankie Sutherland.

Booking

Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town).

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Shamir Fenelon replaces Roarie Deacon.

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

Booking

Lyle Della Verde (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lyle Della Verde (Crawley Town).

Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton40269573413287
2Oxford Utd402013769363373
3Bristol Rovers402251364402471
4Plymouth402181157372071
5Accrington402011964451971
6Portsmouth391715763352866
7Wycombe401710134236661
8Leyton Orient401612125452260
9Wimbledon391611125748959
10Exeter401611135654259
11Carlisle391415105856257
12Cambridge401511145452256
13Mansfield401411155048253
14Luton39158165252053
15Barnet40149175361-851
16Crawley40138194363-2047
17Hartlepool38136194156-1545
18Morecambe39127206169-843
19Yeovil391012173750-1342
20Notts County39119194968-1942
21Newport401011194057-1741
22Stevenage39911194664-1838
23York40611234475-3129
24Dag & Red38510233466-3225
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