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Bristol Rovers 1-1 Dover Athletic

Bristol Rovers missed the chance to move in to the Conference play-off places as Tom Murphy struck a last-gasp equaliser for Dover.

The Pirates led when Adam Cunnington turned Stuart Sinclair's shot past Andy Rafferty from close range.

Dover began the second half quickly and Christian Nanetti's long-range strike forced a superb save from Will Puddy.

Rovers looked set to move up to fifth until Murphy volleyed in Tyrone Sterling's cross in the 90th minute.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Bristol Rovers v Dover

"It's a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points.

"We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They've put their bodies on the line and I'm sure they'll be very happy with a point

"We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well.

"We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I'm not going to be to critical of the boys. It's another game where we are undefeated and it's about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 15Trotman
  • 3Brown
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forMonkhouseat 71'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Martin
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forHarrisonat 69'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 22Preston
  • 23Monkhouse

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 6OrluBooked at 79mins
  • 29Essam
  • 26BonnerSubstituted forMurphyat 84'minutes
  • 2Stone
  • 12Lock
  • 28TaiwoSubstituted forDeverdicsat 69'minutes
  • 16Sterling
  • 20Nanetti
  • 14PayneSubstituted forReidat 55'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 27Miller

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 5Raggett
  • 10Murphy
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Reid
Referee:
Wayne Barratt
Attendance:
6,162

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamDover
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dover Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dover Athletic 1.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Foul by Connor Essam (Dover Athletic).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Dover Athletic 1. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tyrone Sterling with a cross.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Booking

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Christian Nanetti (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Tom Murphy replaces Tom Bonner.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

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

Booking

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Andy Monkhouse replaces Jake Gosling.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Nicky Deverdics replaces Solomon Taiwo.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Adam Cunnington.

Booking

Jake Reid (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Reid (Dover Athletic).

Will Puddy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Matthew Lock (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Lee Brown tries a through ball, but Lee Brown is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

Jake Reid (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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