Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole scored his 14th goal of the season as Bristol Rovers beat promotion-chasing Burton.

In an attritional first half, Brewers midfielder Robbie Weir saw his shot blocked in the box and Lee Brown's free-kick was cleared in a goalmouth scramble at the other end.

David Clarkson broke the deadlock when he headed in Michael Smith's cross.

And O'Toole doubled their lead when he pounced on a loose ball parried into his path by goalkeeper Rob Lainton.

Rovers thought they had added a third late on when Chris Beardsley headed home, but the on-loan forward was ruled offside.

The result gives John Ward's side back-to-back league wins for the first time since August, and moves them up to 16th in the table.

Burton missed out on moving into the automatic promotion places and remain sixth.

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's an excellent night's work. We've had a week to prepare for it but sometimes that can be unsettling.

"We needed to start fast and well, and we did that and maintained it.

"Our fitness and competitive nature provided a really strong game for us.

"It was nice to get a couple of goals and I'm not being greedy but maybe there could have been more."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith Booked
  • 14 Brown Booked
  • 32 O'Toole Booked
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 39 Mohamed (Clucas - 93' )
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 07 Clarkson (Gillespie - 86' )
  • 19 Beardsley Booked
  • 16 Gow

Substitutes

  • 04 Woodards
  • 08 Gillespie
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 24 Clarke
  • 25 Clucas

Burton Albion

  • 01 Lainton
  • 02 Edwards
  • 03 Hussey Booked
  • 19 Ismail
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff Booked
  • 06 Sharps
  • 23 Palmer
  • 08 Weir Booked (Bell - 64' )
  • 29 Kee (Knowles - 77' )
  • 20 McGurk
  • 17 Phillips (MacDonald - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Bell
  • 09 Alexander
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 16 Lyness
  • 18 Knowles
  • 21 Holness
  • 26 Gray
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 5,957

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

3 0

Corners

6 3

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +4:36

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

90:00 +4:25

Foul by Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +4:25

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Seanan Clucas replaces Kaid Mohamed.

90:00 +1:53

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

90:00 +0:10

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

88:59

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

88:31

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Brown.

86:51

Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:51

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

86:33

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

85:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stephen Gillespie replaces David Clarkson.

85:33

Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:33

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

84:14

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

83:11 Booking

Booking Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

82:19

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

78:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Burton Albion 0. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

76:30 Substitution

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

76:17

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

75:29

Attempt missed. Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

74:48 Booking

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

74:41

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:41

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

71:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Jimmy Phillips.

69:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Burton Albion 0. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Smith.

68:06

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:06

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

66:46

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Michael Smith.

65:39

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

65:39

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:30

Attempt blocked. Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Robbie Weir.

59:16

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

58:18

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

58:18

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

56:17

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:29

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

55:29

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

54:53

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

54:53

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

52:52 Booking

Booking Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

52:44

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

52:44

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

50:00

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

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

45:00 +1:03 Booking

Booking Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:00

Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:00

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

45:00 +0:12

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

45:00 +0:12

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

44:55

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

44:48

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

44:22

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

43:42

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

43:42

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:16

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

43:16

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

42:38

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

38:29

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

35:48

Foul by Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers).

35:48

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:38

Attempt blocked. Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:08 Booking

Booking John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

33:42

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

33:42

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:34

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

31:34

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:29

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

30:29

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

29:55

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

26:40

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

26:40

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

24:24

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

23:46

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

22:27 Booking

Booking Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

22:20

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

22:20

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

21:50

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

21:08

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:08

Foul by Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers).

20:48

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

19:39

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:39

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

18:05

Foul by Chris Hussey (Burton Albion).

18:05

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:43

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Robert Lainton.

14:26

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

13:34

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

10:56

Hand ball by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

9:56

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:56

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

7:50

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

7:50

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

3:38

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

3:38

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

3:28

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

2:58

Attempt blocked. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:54

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:54

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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