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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Josh Vela
Josh Vela scored his first goal of the season to open the scoring for Bolton

Recently-relegated Bolton made it maximum points from their first three League One games after inflicting a first home defeat in nine months on Bristol Rovers.

The visitors took a sixth-minute lead when Josh Vela's fierce right-footed shot from the corner of the box took a deflection off Stuart Sinclair to wrong-foot Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

And it was 2-0 after 26 minutes. Tom Lockyer was penalised for a foul 25 yards out and Jay Spearing found the top corner to Mildenhall's right with a sweetly-struck free-kick.

Rovers struggled to create a clear first-half chance, despite some neat approach play. But they got back in the game on 57 minutes when Lee Brown's left-footed free-kick from 20 yards was brilliantly tipped onto a post by Mark Howard, only for Ellis Harrison to fire home the rebound.

Having made three attacking substitutions, two of them at half time, Rovers boss Darrell Clarke saw his team almost snatch a point on 86 minutes when Jermaine Easter fired wide from Billy Bodin's pass.

But they were unable to find an equaliser as they lost at the Memorial Stadium for the first time since being beaten by Stevenage on 24 November 2015.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4Lockyer
  • 15J Clarke
  • 6Hartley
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forBodinat 45'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forEasterat 45'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 3BrownSubstituted forMontañoat 71'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 9Harrison

Substitutes

  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin
  • 25Puddy
  • 27Broom
  • 29James
  • 30Gaffney

Bolton

  • 33Howard
  • 2Buxton
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Moxey
  • 8SpearingBooked at 72mins
  • 17TrotterBooked at 56minsSubstituted forTaylorat 63'minutes
  • 16Davies
  • 6Vela
  • 9ProctorSubstituted forCloughat 71'minutes
  • 14MadineBooked at 75minsSubstituted forWilkinsonat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Amos
  • 7Taylor
  • 10Clough
  • 20A Taylor
  • 23Wilson
  • 30Woolery
  • 35Wilkinson
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
9,169

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Booking

Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Conor Wilkinson replaces Gary Madine.

Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).

Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Lee Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zach Clough replaces Jamie Proctor.

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

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Taylor replaces Liam Trotter.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Bolton Wanderers 2. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bolton33005239
2Chesterfield32106247
3Scunthorpe32107437
4Gillingham32106337
5Port Vale32103037
6Bradford32103127
7Peterborough32018446
8Fleetwood31205325
9Charlton31114314
10Bury31113214
11MK Dons31114404
12Walsall31113304
13Millwall311167-14
14Swindon311134-14
15Northampton30302203
16Southend310245-13
17Bristol Rovers310246-23
18Coventry302101-12
19Oldham302103-32
20Rochdale301235-21
21Oxford Utd301225-31
22Sheff Utd301215-41
23Shrewsbury301204-41
24Wimbledon300337-40
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