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Bristol Rovers 1-1 Torquay United

Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor
Matty Taylor also scored Rovers' opening goal in their 2-1 win against Torquay at Plainmoor on Boxing Day

Bristol Rovers came from behind to earn a point against Torquay United but slipped further behind leaders Barnet.

Visiting defender Angus MacDonald brought down Ellis Harrison to concede an 82nd-minute penalty, and was also sent off for his second yellow card.

And Rovers top scorer Matty Taylor kept his nerve to hammer home from the spot.

The Gulls, now without a win in three games, had taken an early lead when Duane Ofori-Acheampong stabbed in a Tom Cruise cross - his sixth of the season.

Taylor, who has now scored nine goals this season, and Nathan Blissett had chances to draw level before the break, but the home side's sustained second-half pressure was finally rewarded to keep Rovers in second in the table.

Backing up their 2-1 win over the Gulls on Boxing Day and Sunday's 4-0 win at home to Macclesfield, it stretches their unbeaten Conference Premier run to 12 matches.


Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Parkes
  • 15TrotmanSubstituted forMcChrystalat 49'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGoslingat 63'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 24Sinclair
  • 10Taylor
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 74'minutes


  • 5McChrystal
  • 11Gosling
  • 14Goldberg
  • 17Harrison
  • 32Speiss


Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Seabright
  • 3Cruise
  • 4Downes
  • 21MacDonaldBooked at 82mins
  • 29Berry
  • 12ChapellSubstituted forBriscoeat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8Young
  • 10Ajala
  • 6Harding
  • 9Bowman
  • 24Ofori-AcheampongSubstituted forPearceat 84'minutes


  • 1Rice
  • 5Pearce
  • 7Briscoe
  • 14Yeoman
  • 16Richards
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Luke Young (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Luke Young (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  12. Booking

    Louis Briscoe (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Louis Briscoe (Torquay United).

  14. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Durrell Berry (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Krystian Pearce replaces Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  20. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Angus MacDonald (Torquay United) for a bad foul.

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