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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

Bristol Rovers claimed their first League One victory of the season with a 2-0 victory over nine-man Tranmere, who had Corey Blackett-Taylor and Oliver Banks sent off at the Memorial Stadium.

The hosts had much the better of the first half and should have gone ahead on the half hour when Josh Hare crossed for the unmarked Tyler Smith, who headed wide from a central position 10 yards out.

The home side took the lead after 38 minutes when Hare crossed from the right and Jonson Clarke-Harris rose above his marker to head back across goal and just inside the far post.

Blackett-Taylor was the first player to see red three minutes after the break for irresponsibly raising an arm into Ollie Clarke's face and felling the Rovers player right in front of referee Gavin Ward.

Banks collected a second caution for a foul on Luke Leahy just before the hour mark, leaving the visitors with a near-impossible task.

And - with Tranmere down to nine men - Smith made sure of the points from the penalty spot after 88 minutes, sending goalkeeper Scott Davies the wrong way after he was brought down by George Ray.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 22Hare
  • 16Davies
  • 5Craig
  • 15Kilgour
  • 11Leahy
  • 8O Clarke
  • 6Upson
  • 4OgogoSubstituted forBennettat 72'minutes
  • 9Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 75'minutes
  • 17SmithBooked at 88minsSubstituted forNicholsat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 10Nichols
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Menayese
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 33Rodman

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 22WilsonSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 75'minutes
  • 5RayBooked at 68mins
  • 6MontheBooked at 13mins
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 28BanksBooked at 57mins
  • 17Perkins
  • 7Morris
  • 11Jennings
  • 23Blackett-TaylorBooked at 48mins
  • 10Ferrier

Substitutes

  • 4Nelson
  • 8Potter
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Hepburn-Murphy
  • 20Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 45Payne
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
6,802

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Bennett with a through ball.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Tyler Smith.

Booking

Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Tyler Smith draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by George Ray (Tranmere Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Hand ball by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Bristol Rovers).

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

George Ray (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Kane Wilson.

Hand ball by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Abu Ogogo.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

George Ray (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Ray (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Hare.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alfie Kilgour following a fast break.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Perkins.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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3Coventry42206338
4Wycombe42206338
5Ipswich42206428
6Sunderland42206428
7Fleetwood42118627
8Shrewsbury42114317
9Burton42026516
10MK Dons32015416
11Rotherham32013306
12Doncaster31205415
13Rochdale41215505
14Portsmouth41126604
15Peterborough411256-14
16Oxford Utd411257-24
17Bristol Rovers411224-24
18Tranmere41037703
19Gillingham302145-12
20Wimbledon401347-31
21Accrington301236-31
22Southend4004110-90
23Bolton301207-7-11
24Bury0000000-12
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