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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.

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."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


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

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-3-3

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


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

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamBristol Rovers
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jack Sampson replaces Waide Fairhurst.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Nathan Blissett replaces Jermaine Easter.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Michael Phenix replaces Chris Holroyd.

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