League Two
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Fleetwood Town kept their hopes of automatic League Two promotion alive with a comfortable win against strugglers Bristol Rovers.

Antoni Sarcevic pounced on a Tom Parkes mistake to drive home the opener.

Mark Roberts then made it 2-0 with a header from a Josh Morris corner.

David Ball nodded a third from a Charlie Taylor cross, and Parkes cleared off the line from Nathan Pond and Roberts before Ellis Harrison pulled one back with a header.

Fleetwood are now six points off the top three with a game in hand, while Rovers are three points above the drop zone.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm really pleased with the team. We started really well and got the goal we deserved.

"We played some really good football and looked solid at the back.

"We have to reward the supporters with a performance that shows you're trying everything to get a result. We didn't do that on Saturday, and hopefully they've gone home with a smile on their face."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's disappointing because we've looked hesitant and uncertain, and perhaps we're lacking confidence.

"Our defending, which has been our strength this season, has let us down a bit.

"The three goals weren't self-inflicted but they could have been deal with better.

"We've offered a team, who I thought were wobbling a little bit, a lifeline."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 28Maxwell
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 20Taylor
  • 18Sarcevic
  • 6Pond
  • 5Roberts
  • 17BlairSubstituted forEvansat 90+1'minutes
  • 13Goodall
  • 36HumeSubstituted forMattat 76'minutes
  • 23BallSubstituted forMurdochat 76'minutes
  • 24Morris

Substitutes

  • 1Davies
  • 4Murdoch
  • 7Evans
  • 9Parkin
  • 10Matt
  • 22Hughes
  • 25Jordan

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14BrownBooked at 80mins
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 4WoodardsSubstituted forBeardsleyat 77'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9Harrold
  • 8GillespieSubstituted forMohamedat 70'minutes
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHarrisonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 34Keary
  • 39Mohamed
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
2,023

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Gareth Evans replaces Matty Blair.

  8. Post update

    Alan Goodall (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

  11. Post update

    Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Booking

    Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town).

  14. Post update

    Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

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