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Bristol Rovers 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

Bristol Rovers strengthened their promotion hopes with victory over AFC Wimbledon, their third in a row.

Jermaine Easter nodded Rovers ahead from Lee Brown's cross before Ollie Clarke doubled the lead with a low right-footed shot.

Jon Meades' header gave Wimbledon hope but Matt Taylor's 12-yard finish, his 19th of the season, sealed victory.

Wimbledon, who are seventh, had substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa sent off for dissent.

Fifth-placed Rovers are six points off an automatic promotion spot with 11 games to go.

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC Radio London:

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Ardley on Bristol Rovers v Wimbledon

"When you assess it afterwards it's not just the points you haven't gained, it's injuries and now suspensions."

"As far as the actual game goes, I thought we were really good. They were ruthless with their chances, we made some silly defensive errors at certain times and they punished us."

"I can't ask for any more. I thought in the second half particularly we ran all over them."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forMontañoat 90+3'minutes
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 8O Clarke
  • 7MansellSubstituted forMcChrystalat 84'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 10Taylor
  • 17EasterSubstituted forMcBurnieat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 9Harrison
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
  • 27Broom
  • 29McBurnie
  • 33Fallon

Wimbledon

  • 29Roos
  • 2Fuller
  • 6Robinson
  • 20Sweeney
  • 12MeadesBooked at 59mins
  • 18SmithSubstituted forBarchamat 36'minutes
  • 4Bulman
  • 8ReevesBooked at 74mins
  • 11Rigg
  • 33TaylorSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9ElliottSubstituted forAzeezat 35'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 3Kennedy
  • 10Akinfenwa
  • 14Azeez
  • 17Barcham
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 25Gallagher
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
7,778

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away12
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Dismissal

Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the red card.

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Meades (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mark McChrystal replaces Lee Mansell.

Oliver McBurnie (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Meades (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Lyle Taylor.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, AFC Wimbledon 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adebayo Azeez.

Attempt missed. James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.

Booking

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Attempt blocked. Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt blocked. Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton35246564343078
2Oxford Utd351811661342765
3Plymouth35198850302065
4Portsmouth351514657312659
5Bristol Rovers351851251361559
6Accrington34169956421457
7Wimbledon351411105243953
8Leyton Orient351411105148353
9Wycombe34157123732552
10Mansfield35149124641551
11Carlisle34131295250251
12Luton35148135048250
13Cambridge35148134947250
14Exeter35139134549-448
15Barnet35137154751-446
16Crawley35126174056-1642
17Notts County34117164657-1140
18Morecambe35107185563-837
19Newport34910153649-1337
20Yeovil35811163547-1235
21Stevenage35810174259-1734
22Hartlepool3294193354-2131
23York3568213766-2926
24Dag & Red35510203358-2525
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