Robbie Weir ended Bristol Rovers' five-game unbeaten run in a game which saw three players sent off.

He lashed home a 25-yard shot after earlier being on the receiving end of a reckless challenge which led to Chris Beardsley being dismissed.

Ollie Clarke had an effort blocked on the line by home skipper Ian Sharps.

Burton's Jimmy Phillips picked up a second yellow card in added time, before John-Joe O'Toole saw red for Rovers after a clash in the box.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"We started brightly. I thought Dominic Knowles and Adam McGurk were very lively up front and it justified playing them together.

"And then we had a little spell towards the end of the first half where we got frustrated and couldn't quite keep it going.

"It's a shame, but that first sending-off changed the game completely.

"We've had it go against us so many times so I suppose people who say it evens out over a season could be right today."

John Ward: Bristol Rovers manager on Burton loss

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward:

"We've tried to get back in a game at 1 - 0, it's decided by a terrific strike but no one will talk about that.

"It's a late tackle and the referee has seen it as a red card. I agree that it's a late tackle and the referee has shown a red card which is his decision not mine.

"Anytime a player gets sent off from the field it changes the game, but I think my team stood up really well and stayed in the game as we've talked about at half time.

"We still had a chance going into the last few minutes, then we lost another player through a foolish act."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards Booked
  • 14 McCrory
  • 08 Weir
  • 06 Sharps
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff Booked
  • 17 Phillips Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 23 Palmer
  • 20 McGurk (Howe - 86' )
  • 18 Knowles (Kee - 76' )
  • 03 Hussey (Bell - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Diamond
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 Howe
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 13 Poole
  • 22 Dyer
  • 29 Kee

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 24 Clarke
  • 22 Packwood
  • 06 Parkes
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 32 O'Toole Dismissed
  • 19 Beardsley Dismissed
  • 10 Richards
  • 07 Clarkson (Harrold - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Harrold
  • 15 Norburn
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 31 Hunter
  • 34 Keary
  • 35 Southway
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 2,302

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

8 1

Corners

6 5

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +6:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +5:56

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +5:42

Attempt blocked. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:16 Dismissal

Dismissal John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the red card for fighting.

90:00 +0:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) is shown the red card.

90:00 +0:42

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

90:00 +0:42

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:16

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:23

Rene Howe (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:23

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Rene Howe replaces Adam McGurk.

85:26

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Chris Hussey.

79:38

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:01

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

78:01

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

77:25

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:25

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

76:37

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:58

Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

75:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Dominic Knowles.

71:57

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

71:49

Attempt blocked. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

71:05

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:39

Hand ball by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

62:24

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

62:24

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matt Harrold replaces David Clarkson.

61:02

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

59:24

Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:24

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

58:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Hussey.

57:37

Attempt blocked. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

55:43

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

55:43

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:06

Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

51:43 Booking

Booking Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

51:38

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

51:38

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:02

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:02

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

50:11

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

49:48

Attempt saved. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:07

Attempt missed. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

44:48

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

41:00

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:57

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

40:05

Attempt blocked. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

38:38

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

38:03

Hand ball by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

36:55 Dismissal

Dismissal Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the red card.

36:44

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:44

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

31:52

Foul by Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion).

31:52

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

31:25

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:45 Booking

Booking Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

30:30

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

30:30

David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:09

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

23:25

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

21:56

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:56

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

21:32

Attempt missed. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

20:38

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Eliot Richards.

19:11

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

18:45

Attempt saved. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:15

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Brown.

17:52

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Brown.

16:43

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Will Packwood.

13:04

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:04

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

11:46

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:46

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

10:47

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:22

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

10:22

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

8:37

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:44

Attempt saved. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

6:21

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:21

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

4:21

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:21

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

3:09

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

1:04

Attempt saved. Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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