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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:

"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."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


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

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-2

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


  • 5McChrystal
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southport 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southport 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

  4. Post update

    David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    John Marsden (Southport) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke George (Southport).

  8. Post update

    Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mark McChrystal replaces Dave Martin.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Richard Brodie (Southport) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

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

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