Fleetwood Town kept their hopes of automatic League Two promotion alive with a comfortable win against strugglers Bristol Rovers.

Antoni Sarcevic pounced on a Tom Parkes mistake to drive home the opener.

Mark Roberts then made it 2-0 with a header from a Josh Morris corner.

David Ball nodded a third from a Charlie Taylor cross, and Parkes cleared off the line from Nathan Pond and Roberts before Ellis Harrison pulled one back with a header.

Fleetwood are now six points off the top three with a game in hand, while Rovers are three points above the drop zone.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm really pleased with the team. We started really well and got the goal we deserved.

"We played some really good football and looked solid at the back.

"We have to reward the supporters with a performance that shows you're trying everything to get a result. We didn't do that on Saturday, and hopefully they've gone home with a smile on their face."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's disappointing because we've looked hesitant and uncertain, and perhaps we're lacking confidence.

"Our defending, which has been our strength this season, has let us down a bit.

"The three goals weren't self-inflicted but they could have been deal with better.

"We've offered a team, who I thought were wobbling a little bit, a lifeline."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 28 Maxwell
  • 15 McLaughlin
  • 20 Taylor
  • 18 Sarcevic
  • 06 Pond
  • 05 Roberts
  • 17 Blair (Evans - 91' )
  • 13 Goodall
  • 36 Hume (Matt - 76' )
  • 23 Ball (Murdoch - 76' )
  • 24 Morris

Substitutes

  • 01 Davies
  • 04 Murdoch
  • 07 Evans
  • 09 Parkin
  • 10 Matt
  • 22 Hughes
  • 25 Jordan

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown Booked
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 04 Woodards (Beardsley - 77' Booked )
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 09 Harrold
  • 08 Gillespie (Mohamed - 70' )
  • 07 Clarkson (Harrison - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 20 Gough
  • 25 Clucas
  • 34 Keary
  • 39 Mohamed
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 2,023

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

7 3

Corners

3 5

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +3:28

Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +0:57

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

90:00 +0:36

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

90:00 +0:36

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

90:00 +0:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Gareth Evans replaces Matty Blair.

89:30

Alan Goodall (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:30

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

86:26

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

86:26

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:34 Booking

Booking Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

85:16

Foul by Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town).

85:16

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

80:44

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

80:44

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

79:36 Booking

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

79:33

Hand ball by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

78:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

77:39

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

77:05

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

77:05

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Dan Woodards.

75:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jamille Matt replaces Iain Hume.

75:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Stewart Murdoch replaces David Ball.

70:53

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

70:25

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

70:25

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

69:45

Attempt saved. Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kaid Mohamed replaces Stephen Gillespie.

65:04

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:41

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

62:11

Attempt blocked. Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

61:43

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

60:45

(Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:45

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

60:25

Attempt saved. Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:11

Attempt saved. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

59:30

Alan Goodall (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:30

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

57:18

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

57:18

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

55:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces David Clarkson.

55:03

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:03

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

54:10

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

53:33

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

52:09

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

51:22

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:22

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

50:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 0. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

46:00

Attempt saved. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:27

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:27

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Fleetwood Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:10

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

42:19

Attempt blocked. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:53

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:53

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

39:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Morris with a cross.

38:54

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Michael Smith.

38:36

Attempt blocked. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

35:43

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

35:43

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:32

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

31:32

Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:07

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Ball.

30:30

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Alan Goodall.

27:38

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

27:38

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

24:19

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

24:19

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

23:51

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

23:09

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

20:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iain Hume.

18:07

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

13:42

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

8:29

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

8:29

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

5:00

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:59

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

3:00

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

2:59

Foul by Alan Goodall (Fleetwood Town).

1:00

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

1:00

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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