Accrington secured their first league win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.

The Pirates took the lead after five minutes when Manchester City loanee Alex Henshall's left-wing cross fooled goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

But James Gray netted a close-range equaliser from Peter Murphy's well-executed pass.

Kal Naismith drilled a low shot on the half-hour mark to give Stanley the lead and they held on for three points.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought we deserved it. We were the better side tonight. There was a mistake from Marcus, but otherwise we were outstanding.

"His reaction to the mistake and the team's reaction towards Marcus says a lot about how he's played for us.

"He needed his mates to pull him out of the mire and they did that. I'm really pleased for them. They deserve it."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"The first 10 minutes was good and very positive.

"Maybe we got a little bit carried away with that and thought everything was going to turn out OK.

"We've allowed ourselves to get a bit frantic with our decision making.

"That's down to the youth I've got out there. It's not a criticism it's just the situation they've found themselves in."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt
  • 27 Naylor
  • 04 Joyce
  • 06 Winnard
  • 05 Aldred Booked
  • 11 Naismith
  • 02 Murphy
  • 09 Webber (Hatfield - 79' )
  • 17 Gray (Carver - 86' )
  • 15 Mingoia (Richardson - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Dunbavin
  • 07 McCartan
  • 08 Richardson
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 18 Carver
  • 20 Windass
  • 44 Bowerman

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 24 Clarke (Santos - 61' )
  • 06 Parkes
  • 22 Packwood
  • 25 Clucas
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 26 Brunt Booked
  • 17 Harrison Booked
  • 16 Henshall Booked (Richards - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Richards
  • 15 Norburn
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 33 Santos
  • 34 Keary
  • 35 Southway
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 1,101

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

6 4

Corners

5 3

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +5:32 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

89:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Michael Richardson replaces Piero Mingoia.

87:53

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Will Packwood.

85:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Marcus Carver replaces James Gray.

84:45

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

82:52

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

81:36

Foul by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

81:36

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:38 Booking

Booking Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

79:52 Booking

Booking Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

79:27

(Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:27

Foul by Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers).

79:08

Attempt saved. Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Will Hatfield replaces Danny Webber.

76:56

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

72:57

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

72:46

Attempt saved. Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

72:17

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:17

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

71:53 Booking

Booking Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

71:48

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:48

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

69:43

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

69:43

Will Packwood (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Alex Henshall.

67:52

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:48 Booking

Booking Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

66:41

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:41

Foul by Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers).

63:25

Attempt saved. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:36

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:36

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

61:14

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:14

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

60:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces Ollie Clarke.

59:09

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

59:09

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:47

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:47

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

56:41

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

56:02

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:02

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

54:42

Foul by Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley).

54:42

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:52

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:51

Attempt missed. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:10

Foul by Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley).

47:10

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

45:00 +0:53

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

45:00 +0:45

Attempt saved. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:59

Attempt missed. Will Packwood (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:25

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is too high.

37:19

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

35:21

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:21

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

34:10

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:10

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

32:54

Attempt saved. Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

31:20

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

28:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

27:10

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:10

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

26:13

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

26:03

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

24:16

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Will Packwood.

23:19

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:19

Foul by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

21:21

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

21:21

Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Bristol Rovers 1. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

17:04

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

15:59

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

15:49

Attempt blocked. Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:17

Hand ball by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

12:09

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:09

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

11:29

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

11:29

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:29

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

10:29

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:33

Foul by Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers).

9:33

Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the left to the top right corner.

3:06

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

2:33

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

2:33

Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:25

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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