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Scunthorpe United 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers boosted their League One survival hopes with a hard-fought win at Scunthorpe.

Jonson Clarke-Harris scored the game's only goal - his fifth strike in as many games - to ensure Rovers move out of the relegation places.

Adam Hammill twice went close for the hosts in the early exchanges before Rovers' Michael Kelly hammered a shot just over the crossbar.

Kevin Van Veen sent a shot wide for United before Rovers midfielder Liam Sercombe smacked a shot against the post.

The breakthrough came for the visitors after 35 minutes when Clarke-Harris slotted the ball beyond Jak Alnwick after Tom Nichols' pullback.

Scunthorpe began brightly after the restart but Funso Ojo could not force the ball home from a couple of yards out.

Down at the other end, Sercombe saw a shot charged down before Ollie Clarke wastefully blasted over.

Dutch striker Van Veen was denied by Rovers goalkeeper Jack Bonham again late on, before firing over when well-placed as the Iron suffered a first home loss since Boxing Day.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 25Alnwick
  • 4McMahonBooked at 90mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 21Burgess
  • 16Pearce
  • 14PerchSubstituted forOlomolaat 78'minutes
  • 22SuttonBooked at 42mins
  • 6Ojo
  • 47HammillSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29WoottonSubstituted forNovakat 69'minutes
  • 10van Veen

Substitutes

  • 5Webster
  • 15Lewis
  • 17Novak
  • 18Thomas
  • 24Olomola
  • 26McGahey
  • 27Flatt

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5CraigBooked at 90mins
  • 28KellyBooked at 90mins
  • 8O Clarke
  • 6UpsonBooked at 70mins
  • 25OgogoBooked at 87mins
  • 7SercombeSubstituted forSinclairat 78'minutes
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forJakubiakat 67'minutes
  • 19Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 14Lines
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 24Sinclair
  • 26Matthews
  • 30Kilgour
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,877

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Booking

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Tony McMahon (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Michael Kelly (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Pearce (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Tony McMahon (Scunthorpe United).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United).

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

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Alex Jakubiak.

Attempt blocked. Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tony McMahon (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Olufela Olomola replaces James Perch.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Liam Sercombe.

George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Lee Novak replaces Kyle Wootton.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Tom Nichols.

Delay in match James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Scunthorpe United) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton362210469294076
2Barnsley362110564283673
3Sunderland351815262332969
4Portsmouth361811761392265
5Charlton36189953361763
6Doncaster3515101060451555
7Peterborough361510115751655
8Blackpool361313103836252
9Coventry36148143940-150
10Fleetwood361310134639749
11Burton361211134442247
12Wycombe361111144553-844
13Gillingham36127174758-1143
14Southend36126184650-442
15Plymouth36119164556-1142
16Walsall36119163955-1642
17Accrington351011143548-1341
18Scunthorpe36118174261-1941
19Bristol Rovers351010153637-140
20Shrewsbury36913143947-840
21Oxford Utd36912154354-1139
22Rochdale36107194475-3137
23Bradford36106204261-1936
24Wimbledon3696213053-2333
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