Matt Harrold bagged a brace as Bristol Rovers swept aside Accrington.

Harrold headed the hosts in front and doubled the advantage with a penalty after Mustapha Carayol was brought down by Peter Murphy.

Andy Dorman fired home a stunning volley from Harrold's cross, before Kevin McIntyre's corner deceived home keeper Scott Bevan to make it 3-1.

Matt Lund volleyed in to end any Stanley hopes of a comeback, and then added the fifth with a low drive.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Bristol Rovers scored a couple of really good goals and, although we huffed and puffed, we were never in the game.

"Our supporters were fantastic today, they made a great effort to come down and we're very disappointed for them.

"Players are what make managers good. Last week I was a good manager because we got a great result against Shrewsbury.

"Now I'm a bad manager and what's changed? The mentality of the players."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 02 Smith
  • 03 Sawyer (Brown - 49' )
  • 05 Bolger
  • 33 Downes
  • 08 Gill
  • 17 Paterson (Lund - 54' )
  • 34 Dorman
  • 09 Harrold
  • 11 Carayol
  • 18 Richard (Brown - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Brown
  • 06 Stanley
  • 21 Brown
  • 23 Lund
  • 26 Zebroski

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 05 Nsiala
  • 12 Murphy
  • 29 Liddle
  • 08 Barnett (Carver - 61' )
  • 11 Joyce
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 17 Devitt (Hopper - 80' )
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 19 Evans (Hughes - 61' )
  • 23 Amond

Substitutes

  • 22 Nicholls
  • 18 Willis
  • 24 Hopper
  • 27 Hughes
  • 37 Carver
Ref: Lewis
Att: 7,073

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

10 9

Corners

3 8

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:21 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:02

Peter Murphy produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

90:00 +1:22

Padraig Amond has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Scott Bevan makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Bryan Hughes, clearance made by Aaron Downes.

89:47

The ball is sent over by Markus Carver.

89:01

Mustapha Carayol is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Lindfield.

87:31

Peter Murphy takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

87:16

The ball is swung over by Craig Lindfield, clearance made by Michael Smith.

85:33

Foul by Mustapha Carayol on Peter Murphy, free kick awarded. Ian Dunbavin takes the indirect free kick.

83:11

Markus Carver produces a cross.

82:13

Michael Liddle concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Brown. Michael Smith takes the indirect free kick.

81:17

Corner taken by Kevin McIntyre.

81:12

A cross is delivered by Bryan Hughes, Cian Bolger makes a clearance.

80:47

The official flags Matt Harrold offside. Indirect free kick taken by Aristote Nsiala.

80:26

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin gets a block in.

79:58 Substitution

Substitution (Accrington Stanley) makes a substitution, with Ryan Hopper coming on for Jamie Devitt.

77:16

Assist on the goal came from Wayne Brown.

77:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Lund - Bristol R 5 - 1 Accrington Matthew Lund grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 5-1 Accrington Stanley.

77:11

Wayne Brown produces a cross,

76:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Harrold by Peter Murphy. Matt Harrold takes the free kick.

73:35

Jamie Devitt has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

70:56

Padraig Amond challenges Aaron Downes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Downes.

68:12 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Brown comes on in place of Eliot Richards.

67:38

Matthew Lund crosses the ball, clearance by Aristote Nsiala.

66:58

Craig Lindfield gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol. Direct free kick taken by Lee Brown.

66:46

Shot by Eliot Richards. Blocked by Aristote Nsiala.

64:21

The ball is crossed by Craig Lindfield, clearance by Mathew Gill. Kevin McIntyre takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Cian Bolger.

64:07

The ball is sent over by Craig Lindfield, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

62:37

The ball is swung over by Lee Brown, Peter Murphy makes a clearance.

61:58

Eliot Richards produces a cross, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

60:05 Substitution

Substitution Markus Carver joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Barnett.

60:05 Substitution

Substitution Bryan Hughes replaces Micah Evans.

57:58

The assist for the goal came from Mustapha Carayol.

57:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Lund - Bristol R 4 - 1 Accrington A goal is scored by Matthew Lund from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 4-1 Accrington Stanley.

57:52

The ball is delivered by Mustapha Carayol,

56:39

Corner taken short by Kevin McIntyre, The ball is crossed by Luke Joyce, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance. Corner taken short by Kevin McIntyre.

56:17

Centre by Micah Evans, Padraig Amond takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

54:47

Andy Dorman delivers the ball, save by Ian Dunbavin.

53:40 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol Rovers) makes a substitution, with Matthew Lund coming on for James Paterson.

52:40

The ball is swung over by Jamie Devitt.

51:07

Charlie Barnett takes a shot. Cian Bolger gets a block in.

50:11

Luke Joyce crosses the ball, save by Scott Bevan.

50:03

Eliot Richards sends in a cross, Kevin McIntyre manages to make a clearance.

49:34

Effort on goal by Michael Liddle from 20 yards. Scott Bevan makes a save.

49:07

The ball is sent over by Charlie Barnett.

48:06 Substitution

Substitution Lee Brown replaces Gary Sawyer.

48:06

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Carayol.

46:04

Kevin McIntyre challenges Eliot Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mustapha Carayol, Kevin McIntyre manages to make a clearance.

45:40

The ball is delivered by Mustapha Carayol, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:41

Foul by James Paterson on Luke Joyce, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kevin McIntyre, save by Scott Bevan.

44:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Liddle by Eliot Richards. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

42:07

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Murphy.

41:49

The ball is crossed by James Paterson, Kevin McIntyre manages to make a clearance.

41:12

Padraig Amond takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a save.

40:35

Effort from outside the penalty box by Mustapha Carayol goes wide right of the goal.

39:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Paterson by Michael Liddle. Scott Bevan takes the indirect free kick.

39:34

Craig Lindfield sends in a cross, clearance made by Cian Bolger.

37:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin McIntyre - Bristol R 3 - 1 Accrington Kevin McIntyre finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 3-1 Accrington Stanley.

37:22

Kevin McIntyre takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Downes. Corner taken by Kevin McIntyre from the right by-line,

37:11

Centre by Micah Evans, clearance by Eliot Richards.

36:57

The ball is delivered by Craig Lindfield, James Paterson gets a block in.

36:04

A cross is delivered by Kevin McIntyre, Cian Bolger makes a clearance. Corner taken by Kevin McIntyre from the right by-line, save by Scott Bevan.

34:33

A cross is delivered by James Paterson, clearance by Peter Murphy.

33:43

Eliot Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aristote Nsiala. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

31:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mustapha Carayol from the right by-line, Cian Bolger takes a shot. Save made by Ian Dunbavin. Eliot Richards has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

31:26

Mathew Gill takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin makes a save. Corner taken by Mustapha Carayol from the left by-line, Peter Murphy makes a clearance.

28:03

Assist by Matt Harrold.

28:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Dorman - Bristol R 3 - 0 Accrington Goal scored by Andy Dorman from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 3-0 Accrington Stanley.

27:07

Padraig Amond takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Downes.

26:01

Charlie Barnett crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Dorman.

25:42

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross, Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

24:34

Centre by Micah Evans, Aaron Downes makes a clearance. Corner taken by Kevin McIntyre.

23:27

The ball is delivered by Mustapha Carayol, Eliot Richards takes a shot. Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

23:15

Eliot Richards produces a cross, clearance made by Craig Lindfield.

22:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Bristol R 2 - 0 Accrington Placed penalty scored by Matt Harrold. Bristol Rovers 2-0 Accrington Stanley.

21:04

Mustapha Carayol fouled by Peter Murphy, the ref awards a Penalty.

20:07

Mathew Gill concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Liddle. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

19:39

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Carayol.

18:51

Michael Liddle produces a cross.

15:26

Unfair challenge on Padraig Amond by Aaron Downes results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Kevin McIntyre.

15:02

The referee blows for offside against Matt Harrold. Ian Dunbavin takes the indirect free kick.

14:36

Charlie Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Dorman. Cian Bolger takes the free kick.

14:08

Foul by Padraig Amond on Cian Bolger, free kick awarded. Cian Bolger takes the free kick.

12:57

Michael Smith produces a cross, save made by Ian Dunbavin.

12:12

Eliot Richards fouled by Aristote Nsiala, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mustapha Carayol from left wing, Peter Murphy manages to make a clearance.

10:29

Assist by Mustapha Carayol.

10:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Bristol R 1 - 0 Accrington Matt Harrold grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

10:26

The ball is sent over by Mustapha Carayol,

8:18

Inswinging corner taken by Mustapha Carayol from the left by-line.

8:05

Eliot Richards takes a shot. Peter Murphy gets a block in.

6:56

Jamie Devitt delivers the ball, Scott Bevan makes a save.

6:18

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Andy Dorman misses to the left of the target.

5:39

Foul by Matt Harrold on Craig Lindfield, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

5:32

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross, clearance by Craig Lindfield.

4:50

The ball is swung over by Kevin McIntyre, Effort from deep inside the area by Padraig Amond misses to the left of the target.

4:43

Centre by Michael Liddle, Michael Smith makes a clearance.

3:46

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Carayol, Craig Lindfield makes a clearance.

2:52

Micah Evans sends in a cross, clearance by Andy Dorman.

1:54

Matt Harrold concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McIntyre. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

0:34

Matt Harrold is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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