League One
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Peterborough United 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Peterborough got their League One campaign off to a winning start thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Bristol Rovers.

Two of the nine debutants to feature in Steve Evans' new-look starting line-up - another two later arrived as substitutes - provided the goals in the first half at the ABAX Stadium.

Former Stevenage frontman Matt Godden opened his account for the club inside the first minute with a fine header from Jason Naismith's terrific cross from the right.

And the advantage doubled in the 26th minute with another headed goal as towering ex-Dundee midfielder Mark O'Hara classily steered in a delivery from left-back Colin Daniel.

Posh rarely threatened further goals but did enough to pocket the points as Rovers, who included just the two new signings in Ed Upson and Alex Rodman, made a losing start for the sixth successive season.

Liam Sercombe was denied by a last-ditch Ryan Tafazolli block early in the second half before Rovers finished on the attack during four minutes of stoppage time.

Captain Tom Lockyer halved their arrears when nodding in a Chris Lines corner from close range but the final whistle rescued Posh as they held on.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Chapman
  • 2Naismith
  • 16Bennett
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 3Daniel
  • 10DembéléSubstituted forReedat 81'minutes
  • 8O'HaraBooked at 10mins
  • 4Woodyard
  • 15Ward
  • 9GoddenSubstituted forStevensat 87'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forCookeat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Reed
  • 14Cooke
  • 19Cooper
  • 20Yorwerth
  • 23Denton
  • 25O'Malley
  • 26Stevens

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forReillyat 62'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 15J Clarke
  • 6Upson
  • 14Lines
  • 7Sercombe
  • 23BennettBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 66'minutes
  • 10NicholsBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMensahat 70'minutes
  • 33Rodman

Substitutes

  • 11Mensah
  • 16Broadbent
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 26Matthews
  • 28Kelly
  • 32Russe
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
6,439

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Chapman.

Attempt saved. Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Matt Stevens replaces Matt Godden.

Attempt missed. Bernard Mensah (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Colin Daniel.

Foul by Louis Reed (Peterborough United).

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matt Godden (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Louis Reed replaces Siriki Dembélé.

Attempt missed. Bernard Mensah (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Bernard Mensah replaces Tom Nichols.

Foul by Matt Godden (Peterborough United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Sam Matthews replaces Kyle Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Peterborough United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Gavin Reilly replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Callum Cooke replaces Jason Cummings.

Mark O'Hara (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Colin Daniel.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Peterborough United 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Rhys Bennett (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barnsley11004043
2Gillingham11002023
3Doncaster11003213
4Peterborough11002113
5Rochdale11002113
6Scunthorpe11002113
7Sunderland11002113
8Walsall11002113
9Wimbledon11001013
10Bradford11001013
11Portsmouth11001013
12Blackpool10100001
13Wycombe10100001
14Southend100123-10
15Bristol Rovers100112-10
16Burton100112-10
17Charlton100112-10
18Coventry100112-10
19Plymouth100112-10
20Fleetwood100101-10
21Luton100101-10
22Shrewsbury100101-10
23Accrington100102-20
24Oxford Utd100104-40
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