League Two
ScunthorpeScunthorpe United1Bristol RoversBristol Rovers1
Steven Gillespie

Steven Gillespie's 88th-minute header earned lowly Bristol Rovers a point and stopped Scunthorpe moving level on points with leaders Chesterfield.

Both sides wasted decent chances, but the hosts created the better openings after Sam Winnall's glancing first-half header from Gary McSheffrey's driven cross put them ahead.

Winnall came closest of all, hitting the bar with a header.

But Gillespie snatched a draw when he headed in Michael Smith's cross.

Scunthorpe are now two points behind leaders Chesterfield, who won 4-1 at Cheltenham.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I think you're always disappointed to concede a late goal - we've gone for the second goal and we've probably got too many bodies in the box and we need to manage that last period better.

"We had enough chances to win the game, we had two or three penalty appeals turned down, we hit the bar, they're a good outfit but on the balance of play in both boxes, we've created a lot more than they have.

"We've got to be so careful at this club now with the expectations, we're 17 games unbeaten, but you've got to try and embrace this time.

"Scunthorpe have had three terrible seasons, relegation, 18th, relegation. We're second in the league, we need to embrace it more, we need to enjoy this period."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We were disappointed with our quality in the first period, and even in the second half we didn't have enough of the ball in the top end of the pitch.

"But it was an excellent goal we finished with, after good play, so I'm not cribbing about something we can't do.

"We've come here and been very positive. We stood strong and decided to go and attack.

"We've come out to look for a point or three and we've got one. I'm really pleased with that."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 4McAllister
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forSparrowat 86'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 27Madden
  • 29WinnallSubstituted forHayesat 69'minutes
  • 28McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Dawson
  • 7Sparrow
  • 13Severn
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 15Waterfall
  • 39Hayes

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystalBooked at 90mins
  • 39Mohamed
  • 30Lockyer
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forClucasat 82'minutes
  • 19Beardsley
  • 16GowSubstituted forGillespieat 45+8'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 25Clucas
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
3,318

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Booking

    Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Smith.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Sparrow replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Seanan Clucas replaces David Clarkson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

  17. Post update

    Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

  20. Post update

    Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.