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Bristol Rovers 2-1 Barnet

Angelo Balanta
Angelo Balanta joined Bristol Rovers from QPR in September

Debutant Angelo Balanta scored deep into injury-time to give Bristol Rovers a late win over leaders Barnet.

The substitute stooped to head the ball past new Barnet keeper Raphael Spiegel to put Rovers in the play-off zone.

Matty Taylor had put the Pirates ahead early on after being set up by Andy Monkhouse, but Luisma Villa equalised with a deflected 30-yard free-kick.

In between the goals, Barnet defender Sam Togwell dived to head Nathan Blissett's overhead kick off the line.

Taylor fired just over the bar early in the second half before Barnet's top scorer John Akinde came close, but Balanta's dramatic intervention meant that Villa's 10th goal of the season was just a consolation.

The result means that Barnet have now only won one of their last four games, but stretches Rovers' unbeaten league run to five matches.

And it made it a disappointing debut for Spiegel, who joined Barnet on loan from West Ham earlier in the day.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"The pleasing thing for me is that we're not getting carried away.

"Barnet are a very good side with a very good manager so it's nice to get three points off them.

"It's nice for Matty Taylor to get on the scoresheet again.

"If we can get him a bit more confident in front of goal, he'll be a hell of a player for us."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 23MonkhouseBooked at 51minsSubstituted forHarrisonat 70'minutes
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Mansell
  • 30Della Verde
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forGoldbergat 81'minutes
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forBalantaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison
  • 29Balanta

Barnet

  • 32Spiegel
  • 2Yiadom
  • 5N'Gala
  • 6Stephens
  • 3JohnsonBooked at 14minsSubstituted forVilheteat 29'minutes
  • 11CookSubstituted forGambinat 85'minutes
  • 14Togwell
  • 8Weston
  • 15Villa LopezSubstituted forMensahat 61'minutes
  • 10MacDonald
  • 9Akinde

Substitutes

  • 4Saville
  • 16Vilhete
  • 18Gambin
  • 28Hunt
  • 31Mensah
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
6,012

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Barnet 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Barnet 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Barnet 1. Lyle Della Verde (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  6. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

  7. Post update

    Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Curtis Weston (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Lockyer with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Goldberg (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Sam Togwell (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Luke Gambin replaces Lee Cook.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Barnet).

  16. Post update

    Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg replaces Matty Taylor.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

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