Lee Molyneux's second-minute goal was enough for a precious victory at Bristol Rovers that secured Football League survival for Accrington.

Molyneux struck a superb 30-yard free kick that Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall could only palm the shot into the roof of the net.

Young midfielder Ollie Clarke, making his first start, went close with a dipping volley for the home side.

Rommy Boco could have doubled Accrington's lead, but headed wide.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I think the players let themselves down and we've let the people down. But we've got away with it to the point that they have stayed and applauded the team off for previous efforts.

"I warned them about this on Thursday, about having the right approach to the game.

"We've got 88 minutes to recover the game as we have not gone close to doing that.

"What should have been a really happy occasion for me has not materialised. In terms of the day, the supporters have been probably better than the team."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol Rovers

  • 13 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 06 Parks
  • 11 Broghammer
  • 14 Brown
  • 21 McDonald (Norburn - 49' )
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 24 Clarke
  • 10 Richard
  • 17 Harrison Booked (Brunt - 60' )
  • 34 Tounkara Booked (Anyinsah - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 03 Paterson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 16 Anyinsah
  • 26 Brunt
  • 27 Hitchcock

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Rachubka
  • 02 Murphy
  • 06 Winnard
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aldred
  • 34 Wilson (Liddle - 85' )
  • 04 Joyce
  • 10 Hatfield (Jeffers - 72' )
  • 27 Linganzi
  • 23 Amond (Beattie - 81' )
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 03 Liddle
  • 16 Hunt
  • 12 Miller
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 09 Jeffers
  • 21 Beattie
Ref: Robinson
Att: 7,673

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

7 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

6 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:24 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:45

Centre by Fabian Broghammer, Header from deep inside the area by Joe Anyinsah goes over the bar.

90:00 +3:05

Corner taken short by Romuald Boco, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eliot Richards by Amine Linganzi. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Fabian Broghammer on Peter Murphy, free kick awarded. Romuald Boco takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:11

Shot from just outside the area by Eliot Richards goes over the bar.

89:16

The ball is swung over by Luke Joyce, save by Steve Mildenhall.

87:59

Michael Smith sends in a cross, Paul Rachubka makes a fantastic save.

86:22

Foul by Joe Anyinsah on Francis Jeffers, free kick awarded. Luke Joyce takes the free kick.

85:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Aldred on Ryan Brunt. Ryan Brunt restarts play with the free kick.

83:45 Substitution

Substitution Michael Liddle comes on in place of Laurence Wilson.

80:19 Substitution

Substitution James Beattie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Padraig Amond.

76:20 Substitution

Substitution Joe Anyinsah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oumare Tounkara.

75:57

Lee Molyneux crosses the ball, Lee Brown makes a clearance.

74:20

Padraig Amond takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall.

73:36

Michael Smith produces a cross, Tom Aldred manages to make a clearance.

73:02

Ryan Brunt takes a shot. Save made by Paul Rachubka.

72:38

Amine Linganzi takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Parkes.

71:39 Substitution

Substitution Will Hatfield goes off and Francis Jeffers comes on.

70:48

The ball is delivered by Michael Smith, Corner taken right-footed by Fabian Broghammer, save by Paul Rachubka.

70:06

Romuald Boco gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Broghammer. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

69:47

The ball is delivered by Will Hatfield, blocked by Lee Brown.

69:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Brunt on Peter Murphy. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

68:31

Ollie Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Aldred. Oliver Norburn takes a shot. Dean Winnard gets a block in.

67:20

The ball is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, save by Paul Rachubka.

66:51

The ball is sent over by Michael Smith, clearance by Laurence Wilson.

63:35

The ball is sent over by Fabian Broghammer, Eliot Richards takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

61:49

Shot from deep inside the area by Fabian Broghammer clears the bar.

58:54

Free kick crossed by Lee Brown, clearance by Amine Linganzi.

58:54 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Brunt is brought on as a substitute for Ellis Harrison.

58:54

Tom Aldred gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oumare Tounkara.

58:14

Oumare Tounkara delivers the ball.

56:44

The ball is delivered by Fabian Broghammer. A cross is delivered by Ollie Clarke, clearance by Tom Aldred.

56:16

Foul by Will Hatfield on Eliot Richards, free kick awarded. Michael Smith restarts play with the free kick.

54:19

Shot on goal comes in from Lee Molyneux from the free kick, save by Steve Mildenhall.

54:19 Booking

Booking Caution for Ellis Harrison.

54:11

Unfair challenge on Laurence Wilson by Ellis Harrison results in a free kick.

52:39

Romuald Boco produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

51:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ollie Clarke on Amine Linganzi. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.

49:59

The ball is delivered by Padraig Amond, Tom Parkes makes a clearance.

48:05 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Norburn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Clayton McDonald.

46:53

Will Hatfield crosses the ball, blocked by Michael Smith.

46:08

Shot on goal by Lee Molyneux from just inside the area goes over the target.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:41 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:31

Foul by Amine Linganzi on Eliot Richards, free kick awarded. Fabian Broghammer sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Ollie Clarke from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

45:00 +0:51

Shot by Ellis Harrison from outside the box goes high over the target.

45:00 +0:13

Padraig Amond is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

42:16

Romuald Boco has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

40:56

Shot by Eliot Richards. Luke Joyce gets a block in. Corner taken by Fabian Broghammer, Amine Linganzi makes a clearance. Fabian Broghammer takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Romuald Boco makes a clearance.

39:25

The ball is crossed by Mark McChrystal, Lee Molyneux manages to make a clearance. Fabian Broghammer has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Will Hatfield.

38:38

Ellis Harrison fouled by Lee Molyneux, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Fabian Broghammer, Amine Linganzi manages to make a clearance.

38:03

Effort from outside the box by Lee Molyneux goes wide right of the target.

37:01

The ball is swung over by Peter Murphy, clearance made by Mark McChrystal.

36:24

Fabian Broghammer delivers the ball, save by Paul Rachubka.

34:07

Lee Molyneux is caught offside. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

32:40

Foul by Luke Joyce on Oumare Tounkara, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Lee Brown from left wing, Paul Rachubka makes a brilliant save.

30:54

The ball is delivered by Ellis Harrison, blocked by Tom Aldred. Fabian Broghammer takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Peter Murphy. Fabian Broghammer takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Eliot Richards produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

28:53

Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.

28:53 Booking

Booking Oumare Tounkara goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

28:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Oumare Tounkara.

27:34

Lee Brown crosses the ball, Paul Rachubka makes a comfortable save.

26:13

Fabian Broghammer sends in a cross, Dean Winnard manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer from the right by-line, clearance by Peter Murphy.

23:39

Romuald Boco produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

22:48

The ball is delivered by Eliot Richards, clearance made by Laurence Wilson.

22:04

Tom Parkes takes a shot. Save made by Paul Rachubka.

17:34

Foul by Padraig Amond on Clayton McDonald, free kick awarded. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

16:54

The ball is sent over by Romuald Boco, Fabian Broghammer gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson played to the near post, clearance by Clayton McDonald.

16:05

Fabian Broghammer fouled by Peter Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Fabian Broghammer from left wing, save by Paul Rachubka.

12:52

Luke Joyce challenges Eliot Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark McChrystal takes the direct free kick.

11:26

The ball is swung over by Romuald Boco, save by Steve Mildenhall.

9:13

Will Hatfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Ollie Clarke. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Lee Brown from left channel, clearance made by Dean Winnard.

9:03

A cross is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, Peter Murphy makes a clearance.

5:39

The ball is sent over by Lee Molyneux, blocked by Michael Smith. Corner taken by Romuald Boco from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Smith manages to make a clearance.

2:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Brown by Will Hatfield. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

1:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Molyneux - Bristol R 0 - 1 Accrington Lee Molyneux grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-1 Accrington Stanley.

0:44

Clayton McDonald challenges Will Hatfield unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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