League Two
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers1FleetwoodFleetwood Town3

Bristol Rovers 1-3 Fleetwood Town

High-flying Fleetwood continued their impressive start to the season with a convincing win at Bristol Rovers.

After a goalless first half Jamille Matt put the visitors ahead with a near post flick before Rovers equalised through John-Joe O'Toole's header.

Matt put his side back in front three minutes from time with an emphatic finish from Antoni Sarcevic's pass.

Substitute Jon Parkin then sealed the points for Fleetwood in injury-time with a volley from a narrow angle.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"They're a good side, we said that before the game - their away form is excellent. We had to be on our toes throughout the whole game not just the last few minutes.

"We got ourselves in at 1-1 and then we had a couple of problems with the two centre-backs who probably were not fit enough to complete 90 minutes at the level that this game required.

"For different reasons Mark McChrystal's been working on a knee problem for the last two to three weeks and has not been on the training pitch enough.

"Tom Parkes has had a knock and not been fit enough in those last few minutes."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 14Brown
  • 29McChrystalBooked at 85mins
  • 2Smith
  • 6Parkes
  • 16Bond
  • 15NorburnSubstituted forHarroldat 75'minutes
  • 25Clucas
  • 30Lockyer
  • 32O'Toole
  • 26BruntSubstituted forHarrisonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Harrold
  • 17Harrison
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 7Clarkson
  • 8Gill
  • 36Lucas

Fleetwood

  • 1Davies
  • 6Pond
  • 3Howell
  • 14Hogan
  • 16Cresswell
  • 18SarcevicBooked at 27mins
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forEvansat 84'minutes
  • 11Hughes
  • 4MurdochBooked at 45mins
  • 17BlairSubstituted forBrownat 76'minutes
  • 10MattSubstituted forParkinat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Evans
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 12Brown
  • 9Parkin
  • 5Roberts
  • 23Ball
  • 33Lucas
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
5,303

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Fleetwood Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Fleetwood Town 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Fleetwood Town 3. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gareth Evans.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Bond (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Jamille Matt.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Fleetwood Town 2. Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  8. Booking

    Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Gareth Evans replaces Steven Schumacher.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Ryan Brunt.

  15. Post update

    Liam Hogan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Junior Brown replaces Matty Blair.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matt Harrold replaces Oliver Norburn.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.