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Nuneaton Town 0-2 Bristol Rovers

Nathan Blissett
Nathan Blissett is the nephew of ex-Watford and England forward Luther

Bristol Rovers closed the gap on Conference leaders Barnet to six points with a comfortable victory at Nuneaton.

Striker Nathan Blissett nearly gave the visitors the lead but goalkeeper Christian Dibble did well to turn his header onto the crossbar.

Matty Taylor broke the deadlock when he latched onto Dibble's parry, although midfielder Lee Mansell looked to have got the final touch.

Blissett then powerfully headed home Jake Gosling's corner to make it 2-0.

Nuneaton struggled to create throughout and remain in the relegation zone.

The result means Bristol Rovers have taken 13 points from 15 over the festive period.

Bristol Rovers striker Nathan Blissett told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We're unbeaten [over Christmas] and we've closed the gap on Barnet as well.

"You want to be top and at the moment we're in a really strong situation.

"Last week, against Torquay, we could have got something more out of the game but to take 13 points from 15 - we can't wince at that.

"After the festive period, it's good to have a little break and get it out of our legs."

Line-ups

Nuneaton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dibble
  • 11Streete
  • 5Dean
  • 4Cowan
  • 3Franklin
  • 17Smith
  • 18BrownBooked at 8minsSubstituted forFowlerat 60'minutes
  • 7Armson
  • 6WalkerSubstituted forQuinnat 80'minutes
  • 14Gash
  • 28SodjeSubstituted forBaker-Richardsonat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Starosta
  • 21Quinn
  • 26Fowler
  • 27Baker-Richardson
  • 29Charles

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 11Gosling
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7MansellSubstituted forO Clarkeat 90+2'minutes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forGoldbergat 80'minutes
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Goldberg
  • 17Harrison
  • 29Balanta
Referee:
Jason Whiteley
Attendance:
1,661

Match Stats

Home TeamNuneatonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home0
Away3
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home1
Away2

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nuneaton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nuneaton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Lee Mansell.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Nathan Blissett.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Bristol Rovers. Nathan Blissett tries a through ball, but Nathan Blissett is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Bradley Goldberg replaces Matty Taylor.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Ryan Quinn replaces Adam Walker.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Nuneaton Town.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Nuneaton Town.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Lee Fowler replaces Anton Brown.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Courtney Baker-Richardson replaces Onome Sodje.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Nuneaton Town. Onome Sodje tries a through ball, but Onome Sodje is caught offside.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 2. Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Gosling.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  18. Second Half

    Second Half begins Nuneaton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  19. Half Time

    First Half ends, Nuneaton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.