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Bristol Rovers 1-0 Morecambe

Darrell Clarke

Kaid Mohamed's injury-timer header earned Darrell Clarke victory in his first game as Bristol Rovers boss against Morecambe in League Two.

Mohamed powered home Ellis Harrison's superb cross from the right to give the hosts a win their play barely deserved.

Neither goalkeeper made a worthwhile save in a dour game where both teams struggled until the dramatic finale.

But the victory eased Rovers' relegation fears as they are now six points clear of the bottom two.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I tried to get my philosophy across today and I think we did it in spells and we need to more of that, but I'm going to give the players massive credit for sticking with it.

"Two or three deliveries were excellent and it's a great learning experience for the younger boys in the squad, getting valuable experience of being in the situation we are in.

"It was a great moment with it being my first game but it was a very anxious game. I think the fans could see that, the players were a little bit edgy."

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I feel sick. It's the hardest goal I've had to take since I've been manager at the club.

"I felt comfortable thinking we were going to get a clean sheet and take a positive point away from home, but we made a couple of silly decisions in the middle of the park.

"We haven't done enough to stop the cross or win the header in the box."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 30Lockyer
  • 4Woodards
  • 29McChrystal
  • 33Santos
  • 24O Clarke
  • 19BeardsleySubstituted forHarrisonat 76'minutes
  • 7Clarkson
  • 39MohamedBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 34Keary

Morecambe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roche
  • 8Wright
  • 3ThrelfallSubstituted forEllisonat 72'minutes
  • 4Kenyon
  • 15McCreadySubstituted forHughesat 21'minutes
  • 34Edwards
  • 12Devitt
  • 17Fleming
  • 9SampsonBooked at 81mins
  • 27AmondSubstituted forRedshawat 62'minutes
  • 6Diagne

Substitutes

  • 5Hughes
  • 7Redshaw
  • 10Williams
  • 11Ellison
  • 14Marshall
  • 25Arestidou
  • 37Mustoe
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
5,647

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0.

  3. Booking

    Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  11. Booking

    Jack Sampson (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tony Diagne (Morecambe).

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Sampson (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Chris Beardsley.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tony Diagne.

  20. Post update

    Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale402281064392574
2Scunthorpe401818461372472
3Chesterfield401913862362670
4Fleetwood401981357461165
5Burton40171494237565
6Southend4015141148361259
7Oxford Utd401514114941859
8York401514114638859
9Plymouth391510144444055
10Dag & Red401315124847154
11Cheltenham401215134653-751
12Mansfield401214144252-1050
13Hartlepool401310174646049
14Accrington401213154749-249
15Newport391213144751-449
16Wimbledon401212164248-648
17Morecambe401212164558-1348
18Bury391017124543247
19Exeter401211174751-447
20Bristol Rovers391113153643-746
21Portsmouth401015154056-1645
22Wycombe401013173948-943
23Northampton40913183354-2140
24Torquay4099223558-2336
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