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Bristol Rovers 2-1 Walsall

Ollie Clarke volleyed a late winner to give 10-man Bristol Rovers victory over Walsall at the Memorial Stadium.

The midfielder shot home from eight yards in the 86th minute after a cross from the left rebounded into his path off a Walsall defender.

Rovers had gone in front after only five minutes when a slip by Jon Guthrie allowed Rory Gaffney to latch on to a long ball from Chris Lines and advance to beat Mark Gillespie with a neat chip.

But Walsall had the better of the opening half and should have equalised four minutes before the break when Luke Leahy headed badly wide from an Erhun Oztumer free-kick.

The Saddlers equalised after 58 minutes when James Wilson rose to nod home a Joe Edwards corner and looked the more likely winners when Rovers goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was shown a straight red card from bringing down Amadou Bakayoko soon after.

But young replacement keeper Alexis Andre made a couple of important saves and Clarke's winner deprived Walsall of a deserved point.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1SlocombeBooked at 60mins
  • 22Partington
  • 6Sweeney
  • 4LockyerBooked at 90mins
  • 3BrownBooked at 84mins
  • 14LinesSubstituted forLeadbitterat 57'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 28mins
  • 10BodinBooked at 79mins
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 57'minutes
  • 11NicholsSubstituted forAndreat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 9Harrison
  • 16Broadbent
  • 18Telford
  • 19Moore
  • 20Bola
  • 44Andre

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 14WilsonBooked at 47mins
  • 23Donnellan
  • 5Guthrie
  • 6DevlinSubstituted forIsmailat 82'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 2EdwardsBooked at 78mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 3Leahy
  • 10Oztumer
  • 32AgyeiSubstituted forRobertsat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 8Cuvelier
  • 9Jackson
  • 11Morris
  • 13Roberts
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Ismail
  • 24Roberts
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
8,544

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Walsall 1.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alexis Andre.

Attempt saved. Shaun Donnellan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Tyler Roberts (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Walsall 1. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Zeli Ismail (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Walsall).

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Zeli Ismail replaces Nicky Devlin.

Booking

Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Joe Edwards (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alexis Andre.

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ellis Harrison.

Booking

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alexis Andre.

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alexis Andre replaces Tom Nichols.

Dismissal

Sam Slocombe (Bristol Rovers) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Sam Slocombe (Bristol Rovers).

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Walsall 1. James Wilson (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Edwards with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Tyler Roberts replaces Daniel Agyei.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Partington.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Daniel Leadbitter replaces Chris Lines because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Rory Gaffney.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury651094516
2Charlton6501137615
3Peterborough6411137613
4Bradford6411127513
5Scunthorpe633082612
6Oxford Utd6321103711
7Blackpool632186211
8Wigan531183510
9Fleetwood531185310
10Blackburn530210649
11Rotherham630310829
12Bristol Rovers63031012-29
13Walsall62229908
14Portsmouth62226608
15MK Dons621347-37
16Doncaster613267-16
17Southend6132712-56
18Wimbledon611437-44
19Bury6114611-54
20Plymouth6114510-54
21Rochdale603339-63
22Northampton5104310-73
23Gillingham6024410-62
24Oldham6015714-71
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