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Bristol Rovers 2-1 Fleetwood Town

James Clarke snatched a stoppage-time winner for Bristol Rovers against 10-man Fleetwood, who had both striker Ched Evans and manager Joey Barton sent off.

Defender Clarke fired home a left-foot shot from eight yards to reward incessant late pressure by the home side and give Graham Coughlan his first points as Bristol Rovers caretaker boss.

The goal provoked an ugly melee in front of the dug-outs, with players and staff of both teams involved, and Barton sent to the dressing room by referee Brett Huxtable.

The official issued 11 cards during the game including two for Evans who, already on a booking at the time, was shown a straight red card in the 55th minute for an aerial challenge on Tom Lockyer.

Fleetwood took a 28th-minute lead when the ball was played back to Ashley Hunter on the left edge of the box following a quick break and the midfielder curled a right-foot shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

Rovers equalised eight minutes later as Gavin Reilly stooped to head home Alex Rodman's flick-on from six yards and they snatched all three points in dramatic fashion late on.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 5-3-2

  • 13Bonham
  • 3Holmes-DennisSubstituted forMatthewsat 78'minutes
  • 15J ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 28Kelly
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 23minsSubstituted forLinesat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Upson
  • 33Rodman
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20ReillySubstituted forNicholsat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Payne
  • 10Nichols
  • 14Lines
  • 16Broadbent
  • 21Smith
  • 22Partington
  • 26Matthews

Fleetwood

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cairns
  • 2CoyleBooked at 90mins
  • 29Sheron
  • 5Eastham
  • 23WallaceBooked at 80mins
  • 22HunterBooked at 41minsSubstituted forTaylorat 85'minutes
  • 4HoltBooked at 46minsSubstituted forMorganat 65'minutes
  • 25MarneyBooked at 64mins
  • 10McAlenySubstituted forBigginsat 58'minutes
  • 9EvansBooked at 55mins
  • 17MaddenBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 16Jones
  • 18Taylor
  • 20Morgan
  • 27Biggins
  • 33Hill
  • 34Garner
  • 35Rydel
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
7,159

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

  3. Booking

    Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Fleetwood Town 1. James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Ross Wallace (Fleetwood Town).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ross Wallace.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lewie Coyle.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dean Marney.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Ollie Clarke.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Dean Marney (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ryan Taylor replaces Ashley Hunter.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Dean Marney (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kelly (Bristol Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Harrison Biggins (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth23156239192051
2Luton23145445222347
3Sunderland21127242222043
4Charlton23134638251343
5Peterborough23118441291241
6Barnsley22116536211539
7Doncaster23116639281139
8Blackpool229762522334
9Wycombe238873332132
10Accrington228772527-231
11Walsall238782434-1031
12Fleetwood238693025530
13Southend2392122930-129
14Coventry2385102328-529
15Shrewsbury237792729-228
16Burton2283112631-527
17Rochdale2376103142-1127
18Oxford Utd236893135-426
19Gillingham2374123338-525
20Bradford2363142439-1521
21Scunthorpe2356122949-2021
22Bristol Rovers2355132028-820
23Plymouth2355132644-1820
24Wimbledon2353151734-1718
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