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Bristol Rovers 1-0 Oldham Athletic

A first-half goal from Harvey Saunders proved enough to give Bristol Rovers a victory over Oldham at the Memorial Stadium in League Two.

Saunders broke the deadlock in the 35th minute, powerfully heading home Harry Anderson's left-wing cross, with the ball taking a deflection on its way in.

The strike ended an eight-match losing streak for Joey Barton's men, stretching back to last season. But for Oldham it meant bottom place in the table without a point from three games.

Rovers could have been out of sight by the break. Luke Thomas was wide with two decent chances, while Aaron Collins had a shot blocked and another saved.

The visitors improved after the break, with substitute Nicky Adams wasting a good chance to equalise when firing high over the bar after 69 minutes.

Ousseynou Cisse had a shot blocked, but Rovers also created openings and were good value for the points.

Oldham were again operating under assistant head coach Colin West, with boss Keith Curle still isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Belshaw
  • 26Baldwin
  • 3Hughes
  • 16Anderton
  • 33Rodman
  • 6Finley
  • 4Grant
  • 19AndersonSubstituted forHarriesat 78'minutes
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forNicholsonat 60'minutes
  • 10Collins
  • 22SaundersBooked at 22minsSubstituted forPitmanat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Kilgour
  • 11Nicholson
  • 14Hargreaves
  • 25Harries
  • 27Liddle
  • 35Ward
  • 40Pitman

Oldham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 37Walker
  • 2Clarke
  • 6Piergianni
  • 3Hart
  • 14FageSubstituted forDiarraat 45'minutesBooked at 47mins
  • 8WhelanBooked at 4mins
  • 4CisséBooked at 73mins
  • 17StobbsSubstituted forBlythat 45'minutes
  • 24Bahamboula
  • 10Keillor-DunnSubstituted forAdamsat 65'minutes
  • 9Hope

Substitutes

  • 7Adams
  • 13Danielewicz
  • 22Diarra
  • 25Blyth
  • 29Luamba
  • 34Vaughan
  • 44Sheehan
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
6,005

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hart (Oldham Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Aaron Collins (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Booking

    Brett Pitman (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Raphael Diarra (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Brett Pitman (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dylan Bahamboula (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Blyth.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Bristol Rovers. Aaron Collins tries a through ball, but Nick Anderton is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hart (Oldham Athletic).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Dylan Bahamboula (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Diarra (Oldham Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Sam Nicholson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cian Harries replaces Harry Anderson.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Brett Pitman replaces Harvey Saunders.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Carl Piergianni.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hallam Hope (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Adams with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Blyth (Oldham Athletic).

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