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Bristol Rovers2Chesterfield1

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Chesterfield

First-half goals from Ollie Clarke and Rory Gaffney were enough to earn Bristol Rovers victory over relegation-threatened Chesterfield.

The home side went in front inside the first minute as Clarke lashed home a low left-foot shot from the edge of the box after Chesterfield failed to clear a Lee Brown cross.

Gaffney doubled the advantage in the 18th minute with a clinical low finish, having been put in on goal by good work from Luke James.

James had the chance to net his first Rovers goal late in the first half when pushed by Tom Anderson inside the box, but his penalty was too straight and impressive Chesterfield goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann stuck out a strong left hand to save.

The visitors improved after the break and were rewarded when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake pulled a goal back in the 85th minute with a curling right-foot effort from the left side of the box.

But Rovers were never seriously threatened and it took a fine save from Stuckmann to stop Chris Lines adding a third for Rovers in stoppage time.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Lumley
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 33SweeneyBooked at 82mins
  • 3Brown
  • 23Bodin
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forMansellat 76'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forMooreat 58'minutes
  • 30Gaffney
  • 29JamesSubstituted forEasterat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Harris
  • 17Easter
  • 22Moore
  • 35Burn
  • 36Clarke-Salter

Chesterfield

  • 38Stuckmann
  • 3Jones
  • 4Hird
  • 23Anderson
  • 24KakaySubstituted forDimaioat 53'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 2McGinn
  • 19Donohue
  • 18NolanBooked at 67mins
  • 22SimonsSubstituted forGardnerat 72'minutes
  • 10Ebanks-Blake
  • 20DennisBooked at 20minsSubstituted forFaupalaat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gardner
  • 8Martínez
  • 11Mitchell
  • 12Fulton
  • 15Faupala
  • 17Dimaio
  • 28Grimshaw
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
8,524

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Chesterfield 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Chesterfield 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sam Hird.

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

Foul by David Faupala (Chesterfield).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Thorsten Stuckmann.

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Dion Donohue (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Chesterfield 1. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

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

Booking

Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers).

David Faupala (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Lee Mansell replaces Ollie Clarke.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Rai Simons.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Luke James.

Booking

Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield).

Booking

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Rai Simons (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. David Faupala replaces Kristian Dennis.

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

Foul by Jon Nolan (Chesterfield).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Cristian Montaño.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Attempt saved. Rai Simons (Chesterfield) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

Rai Simons (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Connor Dimaio replaces Osman Kakay.

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

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jon Nolan.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Osman Kakay.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd38239673433078
2Bolton37209856322469
3Fleetwood381911855361968
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3816121058471160
7Millwall36161195041959
8Bristol Rovers391512125858057
9Oxford Utd37167144942755
10Rochdale36158135551453
11Walsall391314124749-253
12Peterborough391410155454052
13Wimbledon381215114946351
14Northampton39147185763-649
15Charlton391017124946347
16MK Dons381211154849-147
17Bury39129185764-745
18Gillingham391112165167-1645
19Oldham391014152638-1244
20Shrewsbury381110174153-1243
21Port Vale361011154157-1641
22Swindon3999214059-1936
23Chesterfield3989223763-2633
24Coventry38511223059-2926
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