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Macclesfield Town 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Darrell Clarke
It is a year ago to the day that Darrell Clarke took over at Bristol Rovers

Conference promotion rivals Macclesfield Town and Bristol Rovers played out a stalemate at Moss Rose.

Waide Fairhurst came closest to putting the Silkmen ahead in the first half, but his rasping drive was well kept out by goalkeeper Will Puddy.

Rovers striker Jermaine Easter then wasted a good chance early in the second period, guiding a right-footed effort over the bar when well placed.

Neither side could snatch a winner in a finale of no real clear-cut chances.

Victory would have lifted Darrell Clarke's side to the top of the table, but Grimsby's win at Welling means Rovers have now slipped to third, with only one point separating the top three sides.

Macclesfield are fourth, seven points off first place.

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Macclesfield draw

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke speaks to BBC Radio Bristol: "Very tense game - I thought it was a game of two halves to be honest with you I thought the first 10 minutes we started well.

"Macclesfield fair play to them they're a decent team that's been in the top five all year, had a right good go at us.

"Second half I thought we got ourselves going especially at the start of the second half started well again

"But it wasn't to be for the three points."

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Taylor
  • 2HallsBooked at 90mins
  • 4Audel
  • 8Lewis
  • 28GrantBooked at 44mins
  • 5PilkingtonBooked at 90mins
  • 23WhitakerSubstituted forBarnes-Homerat 70'minutes
  • 6Turnbull
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forPhenixat 75'minutes
  • 10FairhurstBooked at 31minsSubstituted forSampsonat 84'minutes
  • 11Moke

Substitutes

  • 12Cowan
  • 18Bell
  • 27Phenix
  • 29Barnes-Homer
  • 36Sampson

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5McChrystal
  • 4Lockyer
  • 3Brown
  • 6ParkesBooked at 32mins
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 14Lines
  • 29BalantaSubstituted forDawsonat 69'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 16EasterSubstituted forBlissettat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 8O Clarke
  • 27Blissett
  • 28Dawson
  • 30Bell-Baggie
Referee:
Martin Coy

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jack Sampson replaces Waide Fairhurst.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Nathan Blissett replaces Jermaine Easter.

Attempt missed. Michael Phenix (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Michael Phenix replaces Chris Holroyd.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter tries a through ball, but Jermaine Easter is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Attempt blocked. Waide Fairhurst (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Matthew Barnes-Homer replaces Danny Whitaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Adam Dawson replaces Angelo Balanta.

Foul by Adriano Moke (Macclesfield Town).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers).

Thierry Audel (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt blocked. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter tries a through ball, but Jermaine Easter is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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