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Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Jon Parkin
Parkin has played for 12 clubs during his career, including Hull, Preston and Cardiff

Jon Parkin's goal gave Forest Green a draw against Bristol Rovers.

The visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half but home keeper Sam Russell saved Lee Mansell's free-kick and Matty Taylor's strike was rightly ruled out for offside.

The Pirates took the lead in the second half when Andy Monkhouse powerfully headed home Lee Brown's cross.

Parkin equalised for the hosts when he inadvertently deflected Marcus Kelly's shot past keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I think we could have done better and we should have done better.

"After their goal, I thought our two substitutes looked bright when they came on.

"We've got some good footballers in the team but we just needed someone, in the middle of the park, to put their foot on the ball."

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I was pleased with our performance but disappointed we didn't get the win. I thought we deserved the win and we created more chances - they really only had a 15-minute spell in the game when they got us under pressure.

"But my boys are learning and learning quickly. The lads played well and put a shift in.

"Forest Green have got probably double our budget. They've got experienced players and are a very ambitious football club but we've had to cut our cloth and I've got good, hard-working players and the fans have been terrific.

"We need to improve but I know we've got improvement in us."


Forest Green

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Russell
  • 2Pipe
  • 3StokesBooked at 18mins
  • 8WedgburyBooked at 90mins
  • 5OliverBooked at 32mins
  • 26Coles
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forNorwoodat 59'minutes
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 20Parkin
  • 11HughesSubstituted forRodgersat 81'minutes
  • 18FrearSubstituted forKellyat 58'minutes


  • 7Norwood
  • 10Kelly
  • 13Arnold
  • 15Oshodi
  • 25Rodgers

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4LockyerBooked at 29mins
  • 3Brown
  • 8O Clarke
  • 15TrotmanBooked at 86mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 7Mansell
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forWhiteat 83'minutes
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forHarrisonat 49'minutes
  • 16MartinSubstituted forSinclairat 78'minutes


  • 11Gosling
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 24Sinclair
  • 25Puddy
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Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBristol Rovers
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Mansell.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  5. Booking

    Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Coles (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Jamie White (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers tries a through ball, but Luke Rodgers is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  17. Booking

    Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair tries a through ball, but Stuart Sinclair is caught offside.

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