Kaid Mohamed's injury-timer header earned Darrell Clarke victory in his first game as Bristol Rovers boss against Morecambe in League Two.

Mohamed powered home Ellis Harrison's superb cross from the right to give the hosts a win their play barely deserved.

Neither goalkeeper made a worthwhile save in a dour game where both teams struggled until the dramatic finale.

But the victory eased Rovers' relegation fears as they are now six points clear of the bottom two.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Morecambe win

"I tried to get my philosophy across today and I think we did it in spells and we need to more of that, but I'm going to give the players massive credit for sticking with it.

"Two or three deliveries were excellent and it's a great learning experience for the younger boys in the squad, getting valuable experience of being in the situation we are in.

"It was a great moment with it being my first game but it was a very anxious game. I think the fans could see that, the players were a little bit edgy."

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I feel sick. It's the hardest goal I've had to take since I've been manager at the club.

"I felt comfortable thinking we were going to get a clean sheet and take a positive point away from home, but we made a couple of silly decisions in the middle of the park.

"We haven't done enough to stop the cross or win the header in the box."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 04 Woodards
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 33 Santos
  • 24 Clarke
  • 19 Beardsley (Harrison - 76' )
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 39 Mohamed Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Parkes
  • 08 Gillespie
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 25 Clucas
  • 34 Keary

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 08 Wright
  • 03 Threlfall (Ellison - 72' )
  • 04 Kenyon
  • 15 McCready (Hughes - 21' )
  • 34 Edwards
  • 12 Devitt
  • 17 Fleming
  • 09 Sampson Booked
  • 27 Amond (Redshaw - 62' )
  • 06 Diagne

Substitutes

  • 05 Hughes
  • 07 Redshaw
  • 10 Williams
  • 11 Ellison
  • 14 Marshall
  • 25 Arestidou
  • 37 Mustoe
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 5,647

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

3 1

Corners

2 5

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0.

90:00 +4:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0.

90:00 +3:40 Booking

Booking Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

89:26

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

89:26

Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:41

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:07

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

83:07

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:25

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

80:25 Booking

Booking Jack Sampson (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

80:08

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

80:08

Foul by Tony Diagne (Morecambe).

79:05

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

79:05

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:43

Attempt blocked. Jack Sampson (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Chris Beardsley.

74:45

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

74:00

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tony Diagne.

72:27

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

72:27

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Robbie Threlfall.

69:49

Attempt blocked. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:16

Attempt missed. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

63:16

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

63:16

Barry Roche (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Redshaw replaces Padraig Amond.

59:05

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

59:05

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

58:12

Attempt blocked. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:00

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:54

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

54:31

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

54:14

Hand ball by Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe).

52:18

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

52:18

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

48:46

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

48:46

Jack Sampson (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:23

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

46:23

Foul by Padraig Amond (Morecambe).

46:06

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

46:06

Mark Hughes (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Morecambe 0.

45:00 +7:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Morecambe 0.

45:00 +5:58

Attempt missed. Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +4:00

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +3:55

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

45:00 +3:43

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

45:00 +3:43

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

45:00 +3:01

Foul by Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers).

45:00 +3:01

Tony Diagne (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:15

Attempt saved. Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:06

Attempt saved. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:36

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

43:12

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Chris Beardsley.

42:28

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Michael Smith.

40:49

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

40:49

Jack Sampson (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:28

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

40:28

Foul by Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe).

37:42

Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:42

Foul by Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe).

35:55

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

35:55

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

34:53

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

34:07

Hand ball by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

33:31

Attempt missed. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

32:53

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

32:53

Foul by Tony Diagne (Morecambe).

30:01

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

30:01

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

27:08

Attempt missed. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

22:00

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

22:00

Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:26

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Dan Woodards.

20:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Mark Hughes replaces Chris McCready because of an injury.

20:00

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

19:58

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

18:00

Hand ball by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

17:18

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Michael Smith.

14:53

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

14:53

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:23

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

13:23

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

11:55

Attempt blocked. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:55

Andrew Wright (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:55

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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