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Bristol Rovers 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

Luke McCormick netted a priceless double as Bristol Rovers revived hopes of avoiding relegation from League One with a 2-1 home win over Doncaster.

The visitors took a 13th-minute lead when a slip by Cian Harries put Bristol in trouble and James Coppinger accepted a pass from Taylor Richards before curling a right-footed shot past Anssi Jaakkola.

But the home side refused to buckle and were rewarded on 37 minutes when Chelsea loanee McCormick buried a fierce right-footed drive from angle after running onto Zain Westbrook's pass.

The same combination worked again on 56 minutes when Westbrook moved onto a Pablo Martinez pass and pulled the ball back for McCormick to find the roof of the net with a stunning shot from 15 yards.

Doncaster thought they had levelled early in the second half, but Fejiri Okenabirhie's close-range shot was ruled out for offside.

Bristol defender Jack Baldwin cleared off the line from Jason Lokilo but Joey Barton's team were worth the three points, having created the majority of chances in a closely-fought game.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 43Williams
  • 26BaldwinBooked at 67mins
  • 25Harries
  • 28WalkerSubstituted forAyungaat 57'minutes
  • 37Martinez
  • 6Upson
  • 14McCormickBooked at 87mins
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Westbrooke
  • 9HanlanBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 13Day
  • 17Daly
  • 21Ayunga
  • 22Hare
  • 24Tutonda
  • 41Oztumer

Doncaster

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Balcombe
  • 28HortonSubstituted forGreavesat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Anderson
  • 24John
  • 3James
  • 14SmithSubstituted forGomesat 82'minutes
  • 9Okenabirhie
  • 17RichardsSubstituted forBostockat 68'minutes
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forSimoes Inacioat 68'minutes
  • 10Lokilo
  • 7BogleBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 6Gomes
  • 8Robertson
  • 13Jones
  • 15Bostock
  • 16Amos
  • 22Simoes Inacio
  • 27Greaves
Referee:
Antony Coggins

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Booking

    Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jason Lokilo (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Booking

    Anthony Greaves (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Greaves (Doncaster Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Omar Bogle (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Greaves.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Pablo Martinez.

  12. Post update

    Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Omar Bogle (Doncaster Rovers).

  14. Booking

    Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by John Bostock (Doncaster Rovers).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Anthony Greaves replaces Branden Horton.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Madger Gomes replaces Matthew Smith.

  19. Post update

    Omar Bogle (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull402371068323676
2Peterborough392271067382973
3Sunderland381914559293071
4Portsmouth381971256401664
5Blackpool371891050331763
6Lincoln City371881155401562
7Charlton381611115550559
8Ipswich38178134138359
9Gillingham40177165654258
10Doncaster37176145448657
11Accrington38169135152-157
12Oxford Utd39168155348556
13MK Dons39159155554154
14Crewe38159144748-154
15Fleetwood391411144233953
16Plymouth401410165063-1352
17Shrewsbury371213124342149
18Burton38129174862-1445
19Northampton40109213357-2439
20Swindon39114244569-2437
21Bristol Rovers40107233963-2437
22Wimbledon38812183661-2536
23Wigan3998223966-2735
24Rochdale38712194769-2233
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