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AFC Telford United 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Darrell Clarke
Clarke took over as manager of Bristol Rovers in March 2014

Ollie Clarke's third goal of the season was enough for Bristol Rovers to defeat bottom-placed Telford and move into the play-off places.

Clarke fired an arrowed shot from the edge of the penalty area past Freddy Hall into the bottom corner.

Rovers midfielder Andy Monkhouse received a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on Ryan Higgins but the Pirates held on to take the points.

The win moves Darrell Clarke's side up to fourth while Telford remain bottom.

Meanwhile, Telford midfielder Jordan Deacey has returned on loan to Conference North side Bradford Park Avenue, from whom he joined the Bucks in the summer.

AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We didn't deserve to lose, it was a good performance from us and we worked really hard today.

"We more than held our own, and we just did not create enough chances to win the game outright. I could not have asked for more from the lads.

"After a long trip north in midweek and the amount of effort from the team to win that game, it was really pleasing to see that continue today.

"The referee got it right with the red card - but the drop ball incident, I have absolutely no idea what he was doing.

"Unless it is a new rule that has come in he shouldn't have given the ball back to the goalkeeper."

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm really pleased. It is a tough place to come. Torquay found that out. They got beat here and they beat Woking the other night.

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Clarke on Telford v Bristol Rovers

"I've said it all along - it takes all different sorts of matches and to come away with three points, I'm absolutely over the moon.

"I thought the boys put their bodies on the line. They didn't play great but I'm not really interested to be honest, it was about the points today.

"Coming to a bottom of the table team, fighting for their lives, it is always going to be a difficult afternoon, but I thought the mentality of the players was very good."

Line-ups

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 23Higgins
  • 4ByrneSubstituted forCookeat 72'minutes
  • 24Parry
  • 16McDonald
  • 11ClancyBooked at 66mins
  • 6Grogan
  • 20Poku
  • 17PlattSubstituted forGrayat 31'minutes
  • 18SmithSubstituted forHancockat 81'minutes
  • 9FarrellBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 1Hedge
  • 10Gray
  • 12Cooke
  • 14Hancock
  • 21Todd

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 15TrotmanSubstituted forMcChrystalat 39'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Brown
  • 11GoslingBooked at 90mins
  • 7Mansell
  • 8O Clarke
  • 23MonkhouseBooked at 87mins
  • 10TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 17HarrisonSubstituted forCunningtonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 16Martin
  • 27Cunnington
  • 28Wilson
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
2,860

Match Stats

Home TeamTelfordAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Telford United 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Telford United 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United).

Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Dismissal

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

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Josh Hancock replaces Sam Smith.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Michael Grogan tries a through ball, but Michael Grogan is caught offside.

Foul by Sam Smith (AFC Telford United).

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United).

Will Puddy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Adam Cunnington replaces Ellis Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Sean Cooke replaces Neill Byrne.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Booking

Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! AFC Telford United 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Gosling.

Attempt saved. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

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