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Southport 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Jake Gosling
Jake Gosling plays international football for Gibraltar

Jake Gosling's winner consigned Southport to a fourth consecutive defeat and took Bristol Rovers into the Conference play-off places.

The winger netted the crucial goal from the edge of the box to put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes.

Stuart Sinclair and Matt Taylor both missed chances to double the lead as the Pirates dominated the first period.

Stephen Brogan and Dom Collins both went close for the hosts, who have now also failed to score in four games.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Southport win

"The lads have given me a clean sheet and we've won the game thanks to a bit of magic from Gosling, which is what this league's all about.

"We aren't always going to play well in games and sometimes you have to grind out those results.

"But I thought the lads ground it out really well. They've had a lot of plaudits for the football they've played but in football sometimes you have to win ugly and that was an ugly win."

Line-ups

Southport

  • 19Raya
  • 12LynchSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 65'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 2Challoner
  • 6FosterBooked at 70mins
  • 23McDonaldBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMarsdenat 76'minutes
  • 8GeorgeBooked at 46mins
  • 11Brogan
  • 4KaySubstituted forRutherfordat 65'minutes
  • 17Dyer
  • 10Brodie

Substitutes

  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 15Connor
  • 16Rutherford
  • 18Marsden
  • 20Smith

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 4LockyerBooked at 34mins
  • 15Trotman
  • 24Sinclair
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forO Clarkeat 55'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 16MartinSubstituted forMcChrystalat 83'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forHarrisonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
1,202

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthportAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Southport 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southport 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

John Marsden (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Dom Collins (Southport) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mark McChrystal replaces Dave Martin.

Corner, Southport.

Attempt saved. Dom Collins (Southport) header from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Richard Brodie (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. John Marsden (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. John Marsden replaces Clayton McDonald because of an injury.

Foul by Richard Brodie (Southport).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Southport.

Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ross Dyer (Southport).

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Luke Foster (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Foster (Southport).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Southport.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. David Fitzpatrick replaces Jonny Lynch.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Paul Rutherford replaces Scott Kay.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Adam Cunnington.

Attempt missed. Stephen Brogan (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Richard Brodie (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers).

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