Tom Hitchcock's late goal earned Bristol Rovers a win to increase AFC Wimbledon's relegation worries.

Substitute Hitchcock volleyed in past Dons goalkeeper John Sullivan to settle a dire game at the Memorial Stadium.

Winger Fabian Broghammer had earlier hit a post for John Ward's Rovers, who move up to 11th, within five points of a League Two play-off spot.

The visitors remain in trouble although, of the bottom six in League Two, only Plymouth won on Saturday.

Neal Ardley's side are two points and two places above the drop zone but their goal difference of -23 is the worst in League Two.

Rovers have moved spectacularly away from relegation danger since Ward replaced Mark McGhee as manager in December and now even have an outside chance of sneaking into an unlikely play-off spot.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"People that wander in and think you're going to win by three like we did on Monday are living in the wrong area.

"We've had to work really hard today to get that result.

"When we all calm down tonight or tomorrow morning and see 58 points and a 1-0 home win, we'll be really pleased. That's a really good return for us in a really difficult game."

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"They came at us for the first 20 minutes, and we had to be resilient.

"It was the story of our season. We put in a hard-working performance and felt it was a game we could get something from.

"Our final pass and belief was lacking but, typically, we conceded from half a chance and we lost the game. We are deflated but we'll pick ourselves up.

"We won't start pointing fingers but roll our sleeves up and do it again. If we keep our performance levels high I am sure we can do it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 13 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 04 Woodards
  • 11 Broghammer (Lockyer - 90' )
  • 14 Brown
  • 21 McDonald
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison (Anyinsah - 53' )
  • 26 Brunt (Hitchcock - 67' Booked )
  • 34 Tounkara

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 24 Clarke
  • 10 Richard
  • 16 Anyinsah
  • 18 Harding
  • 27 Hitchcock

AFC Wimbledon

  • 22 Sullivan
  • 05 Balkestein
  • 25 Youga
  • 31 Meades
  • 39 Bennett
  • 44 Hussey
  • 08 S Moore
  • 12 Pell
  • 10 Midson
  • 11 L Moore (Sainte-Luce - 69' )
  • 28 Alexander (Darco - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
  • 02 Osano
  • 03 Cummings
  • 29 Antwi
  • 07 Long
  • 16 Sainte-Luce
  • 14 Darco
Ref: Duncan
Att: 6,881

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

5 4

Corners

9 8

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:04 Substitution

Substitution Tom Lockyer is brought on as a substitute for Fabian Broghammer.

90:00 +0:31

Chris Hussey crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Smith.

89:29

Jon Meades crosses the ball, Clayton McDonald makes a clearance.

88:59

The ball is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, Headed effort from inside the area by Tom Hitchcock misses to the right of the target.

86:02

The ball is sent over by Fabian Broghammer, John Sullivan makes a save.

84:48

Mark McChrystal concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Midson. Free kick crossed by Chris Hussey, save by Steve Mildenhall.

83:48

A cross is delivered by Jon Meades, save by Steve Mildenhall.

82:45 Booking

Booking The referee books Tom Hitchcock for unsporting behaviour.

81:55

Oumare Tounkara provided the assist for the goal.

81:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Hitchcock - Bristol R 1 - 0 Wimbledon Goal scored by Tom Hitchcock from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-0 AFC Wimbledon.

80:37

Shot by Lee Brown. Sammy Moore gets a block in.

78:53

Effort on goal by Jack Midson from 12 yards. Blocked by Clayton McDonald.

78:37

Joe Anyinsah produces a cross, Chris Hussey gets a block in.

77:25

Tom Hitchcock takes a shot. Save made by John Sullivan.

76:07

The referee gives a free kick against Sammy Moore for handball. Oliver Norburn takes the free kick.

74:26

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Hussey, save made by Steve Mildenhall.

73:25

Outswinging corner taken by Fabian Broghammer from the left by-line.

73:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Fabian Broghammer, save by John Sullivan.

72:50

Oumare Tounkara crosses the ball, Jon Meades makes a clearance.

72:19

Sammy Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliver Norburn. Steve Mildenhall takes the direct free kick.

71:16

The official flags Jack Midson offside. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Sainte-Luce is brought on as a substitute for Luke Moore.

66:24

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer from the left by-line to the near post, Alan Bennett manages to make a clearance.

66:09 Substitution

Substitution Tom Hitchcock is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Brunt.

65:48 Substitution

Substitution Jessie Darko replaces Gary Alexander.

64:37

Foul by Joe Anyinsah on Chris Hussey, free kick awarded. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

63:35

Sammy Moore takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Steve Mildenhall.

62:07

Sammy Moore takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Woodards.

61:27

Chris Hussey takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lee Brown.

60:18

Gary Alexander has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

60:08

The ball is swung over by Kelly Youga, Mark McChrystal manages to make a clearance.

58:29

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Hussey, Oumare Tounkara manages to make a clearance.

58:18

The ball is swung over by Jack Midson, Mark McChrystal gets a block in.

56:46

Shot from outside the area by Gary Alexander misses to the left of the goal.

56:13

Michael Smith crosses the ball.

53:40

A cross is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, Alan Bennett manages to make a clearance.

52:47 Substitution

Substitution Joe Anyinsah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ellis Harrison.

49:52

Gary Alexander delivers the ball, clearance made by Ellis Harrison.

49:30

A cross is delivered by Michael Smith, save made by John Sullivan.

48:49

Unfair challenge on Ellis Harrison by Chris Hussey results in a free kick. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

48:40

The ball is delivered by Harry Pell, Michael Smith makes a clearance.

47:32

The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey, Ryan Brunt manages to make a clearance.

47:04

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Moore from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Smith manages to make a clearance.

46:56

The ball is crossed by Chris Hussey, blocked by Ellis Harrison.

46:06

The ball is swung over by Michael Smith, Chris Hussey manages to make a clearance.

45:05

Harry Pell takes a shot. Steve Mildenhall makes a save.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:45

Sammy Moore takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Danny Woodards manages to make a clearance.

44:38

Gary Alexander produces a cross, Michael Smith makes a clearance.

41:58

The ball is sent over by Jon Meades.

40:44

Fabian Broghammer takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Effort on goal by Ellis Harrison from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

38:57

Inswinging corner taken by Fabian Broghammer from the right by-line played to the near post, Pim Balkestein makes a clearance.

38:49

A cross is delivered by Lee Brown, Luke Moore makes a clearance.

36:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sammy Moore by Fabian Broghammer. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

36:05

Fabian Broghammer produces a right-footed shot from inside the area and strikes the post.

35:29

Sammy Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Smith. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

34:45

Michael Smith challenges Chris Hussey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sammy Moore, clearance by Ellis Harrison.

32:12

Effort from outside the penalty box by Danny Woodards goes wide left of the goal.

30:45

Foul by Ellis Harrison on Chris Hussey, free kick awarded. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

30:11

Luke Moore takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall.

26:54

Foul by Ellis Harrison on Harry Pell, free kick awarded. John Sullivan takes the direct free kick.

26:20

Sammy Moore has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

24:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Alexander. Oliver Norburn takes the direct free kick.

22:28

The ball is sent over by Jon Meades, clearance made by Clayton McDonald.

22:17

The ball is swung over by Pim Balkestein.

21:22

Ryan Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Pell. Direct free kick taken by John Sullivan.

20:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Alexander. Steve Mildenhall takes the direct free kick.

18:14

The ball is crossed by Chris Hussey, save by Steve Mildenhall.

17:24

Fabian Broghammer takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Pim Balkestein makes a clearance.

15:34

Chris Hussey sends in a cross, Close range header by Gary Alexander goes over the bar.

14:39

Chris Hussey takes the inswinging corner, Gary Alexander takes a shot. Blocked by Mark McChrystal.

14:31

The ball is crossed by Jon Meades, Lee Brown manages to make a clearance.

12:50

Fabian Broghammer takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jack Midson makes a clearance.

12:37

The ball is crossed by Oumare Tounkara, blocked by Chris Hussey.

12:21

Ellis Harrison crosses the ball, clearance made by Alan Bennett.

11:29

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer from the left by-line, clearance made by Gary Alexander.

11:12

A cross is delivered by Oumare Tounkara, blocked by Alan Bennett.

10:17

Jack Midson crosses the ball, clearance by Mark McChrystal.

9:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliver Norburn by Jon Meades. Oliver Norburn restarts play with the free kick.

9:00

Corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer from the right by-line to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Pell by Mark McChrystal. John Sullivan takes the free kick.

8:37

Corner taken by Fabian Broghammer from the right by-line played to the near post, Kelly Youga manages to make a clearance.

7:53

Oumare Tounkara has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Alan Bennett gets a block in.

6:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Brown by Jon Meades. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

6:11

The ball is swung over by Sammy Moore, Steve Mildenhall makes a save.

5:08

The ball is delivered by Jon Meades, Gary Alexander challenges Steve Mildenhall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

3:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Alexander on Mark McChrystal. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

2:30

Chris Hussey delivers the ball, Steve Mildenhall makes a save.

1:22

Oumare Tounkara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pim Balkestein. John Sullivan takes the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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