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Bristol Rovers 4-0 Macclesfield Town

Andy Monkhouse
Andy Monkhouse has scored 4 goals in the Conference this season

Andy Monkhouse scored one goal and created another as second-place Bristol Rovers beat Macclesfield to close the gap on Conference leaders Barnet.

Monkhouse opened the scoring just before half-time when he headed in after Jake Gosling's shot hit the post.

After the break, the forward squared to Nathan Blissett who tucked in a second before Matt Taylor headed a third and Ellis Harrison scored a late penalty.

Rovers move to within seven points of top spot, with Macclesfield third.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I thought we raised our game in the second half and we played a lot better.

"I had a little pop at the boys at half-time, even though we were 1-0 up. I thought we had gears to raise.

"It's difficult on the lads, having two games in three games.

"But we were clinical in the second half, which was pretty pleasing."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 7Mansell
  • 24Sinclair
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forO Clarkeat 64'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forGoldbergat 79'minutes
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison
  • 32Speiss

Macclesfield

  • 1Taylor
  • 2Halls
  • 3Barrow
  • 5Pilkington
  • 28Grant
  • 9Holroyd
  • 11Moke
  • 12CowanBooked at 78mins
  • 23WhitakerBooked at 32mins
  • 29Barnes-Homer
  • 32JohnstoneSubstituted forFairhurstat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Fairhurst
  • 14Gnahoua
  • 20Branagan
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
6,943

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Macclesfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Macclesfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Barrow with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town).

  8. Post update

    Bradley Goldberg (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 4, Macclesfield Town 0. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Scott Barrow (Macclesfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Penalty Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg draws a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg replaces Matty Taylor.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Nathan Blissett.

  16. Booking

    Dan Cowan (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Dan Cowan (Macclesfield Town).

  18. Post update

    Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Macclesfield Town 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).