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Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Bristol Rovers: Managerless Rovers through to FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Bristol Rovers highlights

Bristol Rovers dealt with boss Graham Coughlan's departure seven hours before kick-off by getting past Plymouth in their FA Cup second-round replay.

Caoughlan left League One club Rovers at 12:00 GMT and was named Mansfield boss three hours later.

Visiting keeper Anssi Jaakkola pushed a Josh Grant shot onto the post and kept George Cooper out before Rovers struck.

Alex Rodman met a deflected clearance to head home the winner and set up a third-round meeting with Coventry.

It was a fortuitous goal as an attempted clearance from Plymouth defender Scott Wootton looped up off Rovers' Cameron Hargreaves before falling invitingly for Rodman to nod home at the far post.

The League Two hosts had created the better chances before that, with Antoni Sarcevic going close while Gary Sawyer had a goal-bound effort deflected over and Dom Telford was denied by visiting keeper Anssi Jaakkola before the break.

Finnish goalkeeper Jaakkola crucially clawed a header from Grant onto the post and then kept a deflected Cooper effort out seconds later, with Telford wastefully sending his shot on the rebound over before Rodman won it for Rovers.

Bristol Rovers caretaker manager Joe Dunne:

"It is a wonderful result against a really difficult team to play against. Once again the resilience of everybody has shone through.

"Anssi proved why he is going to the European Championship in the summer.

"He has made some excellent saves, we need our keeper to do that and I thought everybody worked so hard especially in the second half. We carried a threat in the second half as well.

"The cup is all about results, it is not just about performances, and overall we are delighted.

Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe:

"We have dominated possession, large parts of the game, attacks, chances, crosses against a good League One team who are fourth in the table.

"I am frustrated that we haven't scored but that's the football I want to be seeing at Home Park.

"I think with their goal they've had a bit of Lady Luck, our clearance has hit one of their players on the back spun up in the air and it's a good finish from their player.

"We just didn't have that tonight. I think we could still be out there now and might not have scored."

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 25Grant
  • 3Sawyer
  • 17Moore
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 8EdwardsSubstituted forGrantat 83'minutes
  • 10Mayor
  • 32Cooper
  • 11TelfordSubstituted forClarkeat 83'minutes
  • 16GrantSubstituted forRuddenat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 2Riley
  • 9Taylor
  • 15Grant
  • 18Clarke
  • 20Randell
  • 39Rudden

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 24Menayese
  • 5Craig
  • 15Kilgour
  • 33RodmanBooked at 70mins
  • 36HargreavesSubstituted forBennettat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6UpsonBooked at 60mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 11Leahy
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 82'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forKellyat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Bennett
  • 28Tomlinson
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 35Hoole
  • 41Phillips
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
6,585

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home24
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home3
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt blocked. Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Booking

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Grant.

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. George Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Michael Kelly replaces Tyler Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Conor Grant replaces Joe Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Billy Clarke replaces Dominic Telford.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Cameron Hargreaves.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Tom Nichols.

Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Smith.

Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Alfie Kilgour.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Alfie Kilgour.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Tyler Smith tries a through ball, but Cameron Hargreaves is caught offside.

Booking

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cameron Hargreaves.

Foul by Zak Rudden (Plymouth Argyle).

Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Zak Rudden replaces Joel Grant.

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 Tom Nichols.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Sercombe with a cross.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Alex Palmer.

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

Booking

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

Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

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