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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.

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Pennock on draw with Bristol Rovers

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:

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Clarke on draw at Forest Green Rovers

"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."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Bristol Rovers

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 11Gosling
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 24Sinclair
  • 25Puddy
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
3,781

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Booking

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

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Daniel Coles (Forest Green Rovers).

Jamie White (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

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

Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jamie White replaces Matty Taylor.

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Lee Hughes.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Dave Martin.

Attempt missed. Daniel Coles (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt blocked. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

Attempt missed. Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Tom Lockyer with a cross.

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