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Bristol Rovers 4-1 Coventry City

Russell Slade
Russell Slade got a warm reception in his first game in charge but his side were well beaten

Billy Bodin netted a hat-trick as Bristol Rovers made it a miserable start for new Coventry boss Russell Slade at the Memorial Stadium.

The hosts took an 18th-minute lead when Bodin's free-kick from the right was met by Peter Hartley, who sent a glancing header past Lee Burge from 12 yards.

Bodin grabbed the second in the 54th minute, making space to drive a fierce left-footed shot into the centre of the goal from Rory Gaffney's pass.

Three minutes later the Sky Blues replied when centre-back Jordan Willis took advantage of poor defending to volley home Gael Bigirimana's left-wing corner from close range.

Bodin clinched the points in the 74th minute with another sweetly struck left-footed shot, this time from 25 yards. The midfielder completed his treble from the penalty spot nine minutes later after being tripped by Turnbull.

Andy Rose headed against the crossbar for Coventry late on but they were well beaten.

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Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Hartley
  • 3Brown
  • 23BodinBooked at 35mins
  • 14LinesSubstituted forMansellat 84'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 58mins
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forLawrenceat 79'minutes
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 60'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 7Mansell
  • 9Harrison
  • 15J Clarke
  • 16Lawrence
  • 29James
  • 33Roos
  • 35Colkett

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 22Sterry
  • 2Willis
  • 4TurnbullBooked at 18mins
  • 15PageBooked at 78mins
  • 6Rose
  • 12McCann
  • 5BigirimanaSubstituted forThomasat 57'minutes
  • 11ReidBooked at 72mins
  • 20TudgaySubstituted forAgyeiat 75'minutes
  • 17Sordell

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 9Agyei
  • 10Jones
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 27Thomas
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 31Stevenson
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
11,200

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Coventry City 1.

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

Foul by Kyel Reid (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Kyel Reid (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

George Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Lee Mansell replaces Chris Lines.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 4, Coventry City 1. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Liam Lawrence replaces Cristian Montaño.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Lewis Page (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lewis Page (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Daniel Agyei replaces Marcus Tudgay.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Coventry City 1. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

Booking

Kyel Reid (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Coventry City).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Page.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Will Puddy.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Sterry (Coventry City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

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3Bolton23144530141646
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5Bradford2391132819938
6Southend2310763428637
7Peterborough22106636241236
8Fleetwood239773428634
9Millwall2310493736134
10Bristol Rovers239683740-333
11Wimbledon238873428632
12Charlton2371062824431
13Northampton238693433130
14Oxford Utd238692828030
15Walsall237972631-530
16Gillingham238693137-630
17Port Vale2376102637-1127
18MK Dons2366112632-624
19Swindon2366112235-1324
20Bury2363143245-1321
21Shrewsbury2356122336-1321
22Chesterfield2363142742-1521
23Coventry2347122034-1419
24Oldham2239101226-1418
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