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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Portsmouth

Bristol Rovers substitute Chris Lines went from hero to villain in the space of two minutes as Portsmouth made it maximum points from four League One games.

On 76 minutes the midfielder coolly netted an equaliser from the penalty spot with a low shot after Ronan Curtis had handled when trying to clear a corner.

Two minutes later Lines went in with studs showing on Pompey sub Brett Pitman and was shown a straight red card by referee Graham Salisbury.

Portsmouth capitalised on their man advantage on 87 minutes when Curtis netted the winner with a shot on the turn from 10 yards.

The visitors had taken a 32nd minute lead when Curtis headed the ball into the path of Gareth Evans, who finished with a crunching left-footed volley from left corner of the box.

The result was tough on Rovers and, in the closing stages, their midfielder Kyle Bennett was denied by a brilliant Craig MacGillivray save.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 15J ClarkeBooked at 85mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8O Clarke
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forLinesat 69'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 23Bennett
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forRodmanat 79'minutes
  • 9PayneSubstituted forJakubiakat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Mensah
  • 14Lines
  • 16Broadbent
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 31Andre
  • 33Rodman

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 16Whatmough
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 32ThompsonBooked at 64mins
  • 26Evans
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forHaunstrupat 90'minutes
  • 10Lowe
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forPitmanat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 6Burgess
  • 8Pitman
  • 19Chaplin
  • 22Wheeler
  • 33Close
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
9,073

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home22
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

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

Foul by Brandon Haunstrup (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brandon Haunstrup replaces Ronan Curtis.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

Attempt missed. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman replaces Tom Nichols.

Dismissal

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

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 1. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

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

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Ed Upson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Stefan Payne.

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Booking

Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough4400103712
2Portsmouth440093612
3Barnsley43101001010
4Walsall431084410
5Sunderland32106247
6Doncaster42116337
7Accrington42116607
8Gillingham32016336
9Bradford420224-26
10Blackpool41213215
11Wimbledon412123-15
12Fleetwood31114314
13Southend411256-14
14Charlton411245-14
15Luton411245-14
16Scunthorpe311135-24
17Coventry411224-24
18Rochdale4112511-64
19Bristol Rovers410357-23
20Burton410336-33
21Plymouth402235-22
22Shrewsbury402213-22
23Wycombe402226-42
24Oxford Utd4004313-100
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