Bristol Rovers continued their improvement in league form with a convincing victory over AFC Wimbledon.

David Clarkson put Rovers, who have lost once in six games, ahead as he volleyed in from the corner of the box.

Tom Parkes doubled the lead with a powerful header after hesitation from visiting keeper Ross Worner.

Wimbledon's Sammy Moore was sent off for a second yellow card before Matt Harrold hammered home a penalty after Ellis Harrison was fouled.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm pleased for my players, we've worked hard over the last eight games

"The attitude that the home fans have seen today is the same they've seen on away trips at York and the cup.

"These young guys in particular put their hearts on their sleeves and really have a right good go for this team.

"Today's a reward for those young players and the supporters."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 22 Packwood
  • 06 Parkes
  • 10 Richards (Harrison - 84' )
  • 15 Norburn (Clarke - 69' )
  • 09 Harrold
  • 18 Harding
  • 07 Clarkson

Substitutes

  • 17 Harrison
  • 20 Gough
  • 21 Green
  • 24 Clarke
  • 34 Keary
  • 35 Southway
  • 36 Lucas

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Worner
  • 02 Fuller
  • 03 Kennedy (Sainte-Luce - 73' )
  • 04 Sweeney Booked (Moore - 46' )
  • 06 Bennett
  • 05 Frampton
  • 39 Mohamed Booked
  • 08 Moore Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Smith
  • 12 Pell Booked
  • 21 Porter Booked (Midson - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Midson
  • 11 Moore
  • 15 Fenlon
  • 16 Sainte-Luce
  • 18 Sheringham
  • 22 Brown
  • 24 Weston
Ref: Gavin Ward
Att: 5,860

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

6 1

Corners

5 6

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, AFC Wimbledon 0.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, AFC Wimbledon 0.

90:00 +3:01

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

90:00 +1:49

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

89:54

Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:54

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

88:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, AFC Wimbledon 0. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

88:00

Penalty conceded by Andrew Frampton (AFC Wimbledon) after a foul in the penalty area.

88:00

Penalty Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison draws a foul in the penalty area.

86:29 Booking

Booking Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

86:16

Foul by Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon).

86:16

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:49

Foul by Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon).

84:49

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Eliot Richards.

81:06 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

81:00

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:57

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

79:17

Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:17

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

78:44

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

78:25

Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:25

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

76:27

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

76:27

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

75:29 Booking

Booking Kaid Mohamed (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

72:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces Callum Kennedy.

70:37

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Will Packwood.

70:08

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Lee Brown.

69:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Oliver Norburn.

67:53

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

66:41

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

63:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jack Midson replaces George Porter.

62:50 Booking

Booking George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

62:02

Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:02

Foul by George Porter (AFC Wimbledon).

58:43

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

58:43

Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:00

Attempt missed. George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

54:34

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

54:34

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:27

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

51:10

Attempt missed. Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

49:46

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

49:25

Foul by Will Packwood (Bristol Rovers).

49:25

Kaid Mohamed (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:39

Hand ball by Luke Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

45:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Luke Moore replaces Peter Sweeney.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

45:00 +4:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

45:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

45:00 +1:46

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers).

45:00 +1:46

Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:29

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

44:07

Attempt missed. Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

43:00

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:34

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

40:43 Booking

Booking Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

40:42

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

40:29

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

40:04

Foul by Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers).

40:04

Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:18

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sammy Moore.

35:05

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Will Packwood.

34:17

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

34:17

Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:04

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

30:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

29:40

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Alan Bennett.

26:36

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:02

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Callum Kennedy.

24:29

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

24:29

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

23:18

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

23:18

Callum Kennedy (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:44

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

20:44

Foul by Callum Kennedy (AFC Wimbledon).

19:31

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Lee Brown.

18:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, AFC Wimbledon 0. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

17:44 Booking

Booking Peter Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

17:28

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

17:28

Foul by Peter Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon).

15:31

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

15:00

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

14:58

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

14:24

Foul by Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon).

14:24

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

11:49

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Callum Kennedy.

10:31

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

9:14

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

6:32

Peter Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:32

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

5:14

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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