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Bristol Rovers2Port Vale1

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Port Vale

A 63rd-minute penalty from Jermaine Easter clinched Bristol Rovers a 2-1 League One home win over Port Vale at the Memorial Stadium.

The experienced striker drilled a low spot-kick to the left of goalkeeper Jak Alnwick after a foul by Paulo Tavares on substitute Byron Moore.

Vale had taken a 23rd-minute lead when a mix-up in the centre of the Rovers defence allowed Martin Paterson space inside the box to drill a left-foot shot past Kelle Roos from 12 yards.

But Rovers had created the better openings to that point and equalised a minute before the break. Lee Brown delivered a deep cross from the left to the far post where Ellis Harrison rose to send a powerful header back across goal and into the roof of the net.

After Easter's decisive spot-kick, Rovers might have increased their lead when Moore's chip bounced back off the far post with Alnwick out of his goal.

Vale applied late pressure, but the hosts held out for a deserved win.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 33Roos
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Hartley
  • 4Lockyer
  • 3Brown
  • 14Lines
  • 24SinclairBooked at 87mins
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forMooreat 57'minutes
  • 17EasterSubstituted forJamesat 78'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forBodinat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 15J Clarke
  • 22Moore
  • 23Bodin
  • 29James
  • 34Boateng
  • 35Colkett

Port Vale

  • 1AlnwickBooked at 85mins
  • 2Purkiss
  • 24Smith
  • 4StreeteBooked at 60mins
  • 5Knops
  • 21PereiraSubstituted forBrownat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 42Grant
  • 8TavaresSubstituted forCiciliaat 67'minutes
  • 26JonesBooked at 65mins
  • 13PatersonBooked at 61mins
  • 14ThomasBooked at 41minsSubstituted forShalajat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cicilia
  • 17Brown
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 25Santos
  • 27Amoros
  • 30Shalaj
  • 46Hart
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
9,088

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Port Vale 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

Booking

Michael Brown (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Attempt blocked. Remie Streete (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Gezim Shalaj (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Gezim Shalaj (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Luke James replaces Jermaine Easter.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Quentin Pereira.

Attempt missed. Nathan Smith (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

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

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kjell Knops (Port Vale).

Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Rigino Cicilia replaces Paulo Tavares.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Booking

Alex Jones (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Port Vale 1. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Martin Paterson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Remie Streete (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe95312091118
2Bury95221610617
3Bolton9441107316
4Bradford9360106415
5Northampton9351138514
6Port Vale94231211114
7Sheff Utd94231213-114
8Gillingham94231416-214
9Bristol Rovers93421313013
10Peterborough93331612412
11Fleetwood93331413112
12MK Dons93331211112
13Oxford Utd933399012
14Millwall93331617-112
15Chesterfield93241312111
16Charlton92521110111
17Swindon93241012-211
18Walsall92431012-210
19Rochdale92341113-29
20Wimbledon92341114-39
21Shrewsbury9225914-58
22Oldham915349-58
23Southend9225918-98
24Coventry9054410-65
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