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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Southend United

First-half goals from Billy Bodin and Rory Gaffney strengthened Bristol Rovers' League One play-off challenge as they beat Southend at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers were ahead inside a minute as Bodin cut in from the right and buried a trademark left-footed shot into the opposite corner of the net.

It was 2-0 on 31 minutes with a similar goal. This time it was Gaffney who took aim from the right corner of the box and found the net via the inside of the far post with his right foot.

Southend boss Phil Brown reacted with a double substitution on 37 minutes, sending on Nile Ranger and Stephen McLaughlin for Marc-Antoine Fortune and Will Atkinson.

Rovers could have been out of sight by the break as Southend goalkeeper Ted Smith made several fine saves.

Southend dominated possession after the interval, but came up against a resolute Rovers defence. The nearest they came to pulling one back was a 56th minute free-kick from Simon Cox, well saved by Joe Lumley.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Lumley
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forJ Clarkeat 76'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 33Sweeney
  • 3Brown
  • 23Bodin
  • 14Lines
  • 7MansellBooked at 58mins
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forMooreat 66'minutes
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forClarke-Salterat 89'minutes
  • 29James

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 15J Clarke
  • 16Harris
  • 22Moore
  • 27Broom
  • 35Burn
  • 36Clarke-Salter

Southend

  • 22Smith
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Thompson
  • 35FerdinandBooked at 90mins
  • 3Coker
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 38'minutes
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 18LeonardBooked at 31mins
  • 10CoxBooked at 73mins
  • 14FortunéSubstituted forRangerat 37'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 13Bishop
  • 16Amos
  • 17McGlashan
  • 31Robinson
  • 50Ranger
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
9,274

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away13
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Southend United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Southend United 0.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Simon Cox (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Southend United).

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

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Jake Clarke-Salter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jake Clarke-Salter replaces Rory Gaffney.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. James Clarke replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

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

Booking

Simon Cox (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Michael Timlin.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Cristian Montaño.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

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

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

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

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Southend United) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood361810854361864
3Bolton35189850311963
4Bradford371517549341562
5Scunthorpe3717101063432061
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend361412105345854
8Bristol Rovers371412115654254
9Walsall371314104545053
10Oxford Utd35157134639752
11Rochdale34148125048250
12Peterborough37148155050050
13Wimbledon361114114746147
14Charlton371016114743446
15Northampton37137175460-646
16Gillingham371112145059-945
17MK Dons361111144747044
18Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
19Bury37118185464-1041
20Oldham37913152336-1340
21Port Vale34911143854-1638
22Swindon3799193753-1636
23Chesterfield3788213358-2532
24Coventry36511203056-2626
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