Bristol Rovers 0-0 Scunthorpe

Bristol Rovers held on to claim their first point of the season with a goalless draw against Scunthorpe.

Sam Winnall and Terry Hawkright saw shots crash off the woodwork in the first half as the visitors searched for a breakthrough.

Defender Michael Smith denied Winnall again with a goal-line clearance.

Bar a half-chance from David Clarkson, depleted Rovers - without nine-first team players - failed to trouble Iron keeper Sam Slocombe.

And their injury woes continued as captain Tom Parkes was stretchered off after being knock unconscious following a tussle with striker Deon Burton.

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Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"There's mixed feelings, as you want to win your home games, but you don't want to get beaten either.

"I said to the team I can't grumble about the attitude or work rate, or the way we've gone about trying to look after the game.

"I'm pleased we are off the mark and that's the big thing for everybody.

"It's a plus for the supporters who have stayed with us over these three matches."

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Laws

"Hugely disappointing to say the least, is that a positive to take from that? We're hugely disappointed, because the players are. We really dominated the game and that was an opportunity for us to take all three points.

"We put ourselves in some great positions but chose either not to shoot or when we did shoot it wasn't on target or when we hit the target it wasn't precisely.

"I've said to the players if we're disappointed today then that's not bad, however, our disappointment has to be turned into a positive for next week."

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