Accrington scored a stoppage-time winner to move six points clear of the League Two relegation places and plunge Bristol Rovers into more trouble.

Peter Murphy netted the decisive goal, latching onto Danny Webber's lay-off to earn Stanley a second successive win.

On-loan Kaid Mohamed had the home side's best opportunities, forcing Marcus Bettinelli into a smart save and then hitting a post in the second half.

Murphy headed wide before scoring his eighth goal of the season.

Rovers are 20th, four points above the relegation zone, while Accrington are three places and two points above them in the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Points West:

Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss John Ward

"We've won games like this. We beat Exeter in the 93rd minute, so we've had it in our favour as well.

"We pretty much dominated proceedings for the full period of the game and that's the frustration.

"We've created enough chances, but we haven't completed enough. On our count, we had 21 attempts on goal and very few on target.

"Our shooting was extremely wayward, rather than composed which is what it was on Saturday [against Newport]."

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We're making a habit of it [scoring late goals] but it's a good sign because it shows they're finishing games strongly and creating chances late on.

"It was never going to be a spectacle but you play to the conditions.

"The lads stayed in the game and rode their luck at times. The result is that we've come away with three points."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Parkes Booked
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 09 Harrold (Beardsley - 76' )
  • 10 Richards (Harrison - 76' )
  • 39 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 07 Clarkson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 20 Gough
  • 34 Keary

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt
  • 19 Wilson
  • 04 Joyce Booked
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 11 Naismith (Molyneux - 79' )
  • 02 Murphy
  • 44 Bowerman (Webber - 82' )
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 15 Mingoia

Substitutes

  • 03 Liddle
  • 09 Webber
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 13 Molyneux
  • 17 Gray
  • 20 Windass
  • 25 Atkinson
Ref: David Phillips
Att: 6,067

Match Stats

Shots

19 7

On target

2 5

Corners

6 2

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

90:00 +2:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Webber.

90:00 +0:52

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

89:38

Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:47

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

88:47

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

88:23

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

86:56

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

85:52

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

84:07

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

81:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Danny Webber replaces George Bowerman.

80:32

Attempt saved. George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:02

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Michael Smith.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Lee Molyneux replaces Kal Naismith.

78:11

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

77:32

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

75:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Matt Harrold.

75:13 Substitution

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

70:57

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

68:18

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lee Brown.

67:03

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

65:26

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

60:07

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

59:37

Attempt blocked. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:34

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

58:34

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

57:33

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

57:33

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

56:56

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

50:48

Attempt saved. George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:03

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

46:11

Attempt saved. George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

44:04

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

44:04

Foul by George Bowerman (Accrington Stanley).

42:52

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

41:59 Booking

Booking Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

41:54

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:54

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

40:34

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

40:34

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

40:00 Booking

Booking Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

40:00

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

39:38

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

37:52

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

36:33

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

36:33

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

35:08

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:08

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

34:36

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

34:14

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

33:07

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is too high.

31:42

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

31:42

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

30:35

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

30:05

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

29:51

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:06

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

19:09

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:09

Foul by Laurence Wilson (Accrington Stanley).

15:25

Attempt saved. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:05

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

9:04

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

5:11

Foul by Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley).

5:11

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:40

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

2:40

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

1:56

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

1:56

Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:00

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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