League Two
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers2BurtonBurton Albion0
Bristol Rovers

Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole scored his 14th goal of the season as Bristol Rovers beat promotion-chasing Burton.

In an attritional first half, Brewers midfielder Robbie Weir saw his shot blocked in the box and Lee Brown's free-kick was cleared in a goalmouth scramble at the other end.

David Clarkson broke the deadlock when he headed in Michael Smith's cross.

And O'Toole doubled their lead when he pounced on a loose ball parried into his path by goalkeeper Rob Lainton.

Rovers thought they had added a third late on when Chris Beardsley headed home, but the on-loan forward was ruled offside.

The result gives John Ward's side back-to-back league wins for the first time since August, and moves them up to 16th in the table.

Burton missed out on moving into the automatic promotion places and remain sixth.

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's an excellent night's work. We've had a week to prepare for it but sometimes that can be unsettling.

"We needed to start fast and well, and we did that and maintained it.

"Our fitness and competitive nature provided a really strong game for us.

"It was nice to get a couple of goals and I'm not being greedy but maybe there could have been more."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2SmithBooked at 53mins
  • 14BrownBooked at 84mins
  • 32O'TooleBooked at 35mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 39MohamedSubstituted forClucasat 90+3'minutes
  • 30Lockyer
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forGillespieat 86'minutes
  • 19BeardsleyBooked at 69mins
  • 16Gow

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 25Clucas

Burton

  • 1Lainton
  • 2Edwards
  • 3HusseyBooked at 45mins
  • 19Ismail
  • 25Cansdell-SherriffBooked at 75mins
  • 6Sharps
  • 23Palmer
  • 8WeirBooked at 23minsSubstituted forBellat 64'minutes
  • 29KeeSubstituted forKnowlesat 77'minutes
  • 20McGurk
  • 17PhillipsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Bell
  • 9Alexander
  • 11MacDonald
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 21Holness
  • 26Gray
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
5,957

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Burton Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Burton Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Seanan Clucas replaces Kaid Mohamed.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Brown.

  11. Post update

    Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stephen Gillespie replaces David Clarkson.

  15. Post update

    Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Burton Albion 0. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Top Stories