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Lincoln City 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Lincoln began life without Danny Cowley in underwhelming fashion with a home defeat by Bristol Rovers.

A scrappy game was decided by Jonson Clarke-Harris' 66th-minute penalty, given after Neal Eardley was adjudged to have fouled Tom Nichols.

In the first game since management duo Danny and Nicky Cowley left for Huddersfield, the Imps had a huge shout for a penalty of their own turned down for handball in just the second minute when Michael Bostwick's shot struck a defender.

A scrappy first half saw both goalkeepers have to make one good save each, with Rovers' Anssi Jaakkola beating away a drive from Jack Payne and Imps keeper Josh Vickers tipping over a header from Nichols.

City went close early in the second half when Harry Anderson's low cross was inches away from being turned home by Payne.

Rovers broke the deadlock midway through the second half, and it proved to be the match-winning goal.

Eardley got caught the wrong side of Nichols, who fell under the defender's challenge, and the in-form Clarke-Harris sent Vickers the wrong way from the spot for his sixth of the season.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 16BostwickSubstituted forBolgerat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 5Shackell
  • 3Toffolo
  • 20ConnollySubstituted forO'Connorat 72'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 19MorrellBooked at 59mins
  • 26Anderson
  • 10Payne
  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 17WalkerSubstituted forAkindeat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Bolger
  • 12Chapman
  • 21Smith
  • 22Lewis
  • 24Melbourne
  • 29Akinde

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 16Davies
  • 5Craig
  • 15Kilgour
  • 2LittleSubstituted forHareat 80'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 6UpsonBooked at 69mins
  • 4Ogogo
  • 11Leahy
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes
  • 9Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 7Sercombe
  • 17Smith
  • 22Hare
  • 23Bennett
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 33Rodman
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
8,712

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke tries a through ball, but Tyler Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Lincoln City).

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

Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Lincoln City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jason Shackell (Lincoln City) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Morrell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Attempt blocked. Joe Morrell (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Attempt blocked. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Tony Craig.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Foul by Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Lincoln City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Josh Hare replaces Mark Little.

Booking

Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City).

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

Attempt blocked. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abu Ogogo.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Mark Little.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. John Akinde replaces Tyler Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Michael O'Connor replaces Callum Connolly.

Jack Payne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Tom Nichols because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry8440138516
2Ipswich74301441015
3Wycombe8431139415
4Fleetwood84221512314
5Sunderland7421129314
6Peterborough74121861213
7Lincoln City8404138512
8Doncaster633096312
9Blackpool83321211112
10MK Dons74031111012
11Burton732285311
12Bristol Rovers8323910-111
13Rotherham6312117410
14Gillingham723213859
15Shrewsbury723257-29
16Rochdale7232811-39
17Oxford Utd82241315-28
18Portsmouth51227705
19Tranmere71241013-35
20Accrington7124915-65
21Wimbledon8035713-63
22Southend7016720-131
23Bolton6015123-22-11
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