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Bristol Rovers 3-2 Rochdale

A spectacular 79th-minute goal from Chris Lines gave Bristol Rovers victory over Rochdale at the Memorial Stadium.

The midfielder found the top corner of the net with a perfect right-footed drive from 25 yards after latching onto a pass from substitute Byron Moore.

The visitors took a 29th-minute lead when Rovers failed to clear a low corner box and Ian Henderson poked the ball in through a crowded six-yard box, referee Chris Sarginson awarding the goal after consultation with an assistant.

The hosts hit back four minutes after half-time, Tom Nichols heading Lee Brown's left wing cross into the path of Liam Sercombe, who volleyed his 11th goal of the season.

Darrell Clarke's side then went in front in the 65th minute when Joe Partington headed home a Lines free-kick, but within seconds Henderson picked up a right wing cross in the centre of goal and fired in at the second attempt to equalise.

Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith required lengthy treatment for a head injury in the opening minutes but was able to complete the match.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 22PartingtonBooked at 71mins
  • 16Broadbent
  • 25Craig
  • 3BrownSubstituted forBolaat 56'minutes
  • 14LinesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forMooreat 73'minutes
  • 24Sinclair
  • 30Gaffney
  • 11NicholsSubstituted forBennettat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Sweeney
  • 18Telford
  • 19Moore
  • 20Bola
  • 23Mensah
  • 26Bennett

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 12Wiseman
  • 4McNulty
  • 21Delaney
  • 2Rafferty
  • 27CannonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKnottat 71'minutes
  • 10CampsBooked at 78mins
  • 32KitchingSubstituted forThompsonat 71'minutes
  • 16Done
  • 40Henderson
  • 7HumphrysSubstituted forInmanat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McGahey
  • 14Rathbone
  • 15Thompson
  • 17Inman
  • 22Moore
  • 30Knott
  • 31Hart
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
9,219

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Rochdale 2.

Booking

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers).

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

(Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Thompson (Rochdale).

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Rochdale 2. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Byron Moore.

Booking

Callum Camps (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Joe Partington.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Lines.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Billy Knott.

Attempt blocked. Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Tom Nichols.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Ollie Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Billy Knott (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Billy Knott replaces Andrew Cannon because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Thompson replaces Mark Kitching.

Booking

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Rochdale 2. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Rochdale 1. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Lines following a set piece situation.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Shrewsbury31197542241864
2Wigan30196556183863
3Blackburn32189558322663
4Rotherham321751055381756
5Scunthorpe331510848361255
6Bradford33155134850-250
7Charlton3113994138348
8Plymouth33138124142-147
9Portsmouth32144143938146
10Peterborough31129104941845
11Bristol Rovers32143154850-245
12Gillingham321111103736144
13Oxford Utd32118134950-141
14Southend32118133950-1141
15Walsall311010114245-340
16Doncaster33912123942-339
17Blackpool32911123943-438
18Fleetwood31106154350-736
19Oldham3399154658-1236
20Northampton33106173254-2236
21Wimbledon3297163242-1034
22MK Dons3179153044-1430
23Bury3268182647-2126
24Rochdale28510132940-1125
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