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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Sunderland

Jonson Clarke-Harris netted both goals as Bristol Rovers shocked promotion-chasing Sunderland.

The hosts took a 39th-minute lead when Ollie Clarke's low cross from the right reached Clarke-Harris with his back to goal. The striker used his strength to turn his marker and fire into the roof of the net from eight yards.

It was 2-0 in the 75th minute, with Clarke-Harris netting from the penalty spot after Max Power had raised an arm to handle a Luke Leahy cross from the left.

The game made painful viewing for nearly 1,200 Sunderland fans who made the long trip, as their team failed to force a save from Rovers goalkeeper Jamal Blackman until deep into stoppage time.

Clarke-Harris' opening goal was the first meaningful shot on target from either side in a scrappy first half that brought five bookings.

One of those yellow cards was controversially issued to Rovers' Cameron Hargreaves just before the break for diving when going down following a challenge from Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin inside the box.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-2

  • 21Blackman
  • 15Kilgour
  • 5Craig
  • 25Harries
  • 33Rodman
  • 36HargreavesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHareat 83'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 68mins
  • 11LeahyBooked at 30mins
  • 9Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forKellyat 90+5'minutes
  • 27Mitchell-LawsonSubstituted forDalyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 17Daly
  • 18Kelly
  • 22Hare
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Menayese
  • 26Matthews

Sunderland

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5OzturkBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGoochat 71'minutes
  • 12FlanaganBooked at 45mins
  • 13O'Nien
  • 28ScowenSubstituted forGriggat 87'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7Maguire
  • 8LaffertyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forWykeat 45'minutes
  • 42Semenyo

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 3Lynch
  • 9Wyke
  • 11Gooch
  • 16Burge
  • 18Dobson
  • 22Grigg
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
7,281

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away23

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Wyke with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Grigg (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Max Power.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Max Power (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Michael Kelly replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

  9. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. William Grigg replaces Josh Scowen.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

  15. Post update

    James Daly (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Sercombe with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Josh Scowen (Sunderland).

  18. Post update

    Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Josh Hare replaces Cameron Hargreaves.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry341813348301867
2Rotherham35188961382362
3Oxford Utd35179961372460
4Portsmouth35179953361760
5Fleetwood351612751381360
6Peterborough351781068402859
7Sunderland361611948321659
8Wycombe3417894540559
9Doncaster341591051331854
10Ipswich3614101246361052
11Gillingham35121584234851
12Burton351212115050048
13Blackpool351112124443145
14Bristol Rovers35129143849-1145
15Lincoln City35126174446-242
16Shrewsbury341011133142-1141
17Accrington351010154753-640
18MK Dons35107183647-1137
19Rochdale34106183957-1836
20Wimbledon35811163952-1335
21Tranmere3488183660-2432
22Southend3547243985-4619
23Bolton34511182766-3914
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