Bristol Rovers 2-2 Hartlepool

John-Joe O'Toole rescued a point for Bristol Rovers with a last-minute equaliser against Hartlepool United.

O'Toole fired in low from 15 yards after Luke James' close-range first-half brace put Pools ahead.

Matt Harrold opened the scoring for Rovers when he chested down Eliot Richards' pass and placed the ball beyond Pools keeper Scott Flinders.

James struck twice to give Pools hope of a second win in succession before O'Toole's late strike tied the game.

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Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"I'm as happy as I can be. We got something out of the game that was richly deserved. We made two lapses in the first half and it's cost us goals.

"The rest of the time we've been right in the game and in the second half we dominated.

"I've got to be pleased with the attitude of my players."

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

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Colin Cooper: Hartlepool United boss on Bristol Rovers draw

"We've been on two of the longest trips of the season and come away with two points and today been disappointed.

"At Torquay we were happy to come away with a point, but today we're devastated to come away with a point and that's the measure of our improvement.

"We now know if we stay in a game we're going to create chances and we're starting to create chances which is important for me as the manager."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 06 Parks
  • 14 Brown
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 10 Richards (Clarkson - 86' )
  • 16 Bond
  • 30 Lockyer Booked
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 09 Harrold
  • 18 Harding (Harrison - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 34 Keary
  • 35 Southway
  • 08 Gill
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison
  • 07 Clarkson

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 06 Baldwin
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 35 Burgess
  • 04 Dolan
  • 07 Franks (Collins - 77' )
  • 08 Walton Booked
  • 14 Compton Booked
  • 11 Monkhouse (Poole - 84' )
  • 33 James

Substitutes

  • 13 Rafferty
  • 05 Collins
  • 22 Holden
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards
  • 10 Poole
  • 23 Rodney
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 5,579

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

4 5

Corners

8 7

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:23

Jack Compton delivers the ball.

90:00 +2:47

Clearance made by Scott Flinders.

90:00 +2:43

Michael Smith delivers the ball.

90:00 +1:23

David Clarkson concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Burgess.

90:00 +1:15

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

90:00 +1:01

Christian Burgess is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

90:00 +0:44

Jack Compton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Mark McChrystal.

90:00 +0:02

John-Joe O'Toole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Poole.

89:21

Lee Brown provided the assist for the goal.

89:21 Goal scored

Goal! - John-Joe O'Toole - Bristol R 2 - 2 Hartlepool John-Joe O'Toole slots the ball right footed into the goal. Bristol Rovers 2-2 Hartlepool.

87:33

Clearance by Michael Smith.

87:29

The ball is delivered by James Poole.

86:47

Tom Parkes manages to make a clearance.

86:43

Jack Compton restarts play with the free kick.

86:04

Tom Lockyer receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

86:04 Booking

Booking

86:01

Tom Lockyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke James.

85:26 Substitution

Substitution David Clarkson replaces Eliot Richards.

85:10

Clearance by Simon Walton.

85:07

Centre by Andy Bond.

84:59

Clearance made by Christian Burgess.

84:57

Corner taken by Lee Brown from the left by-line.

83:44 Substitution

Substitution James Poole replaces Andy Monkhouse.

83:29

John-Joe O'Toole has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

82:49

Clearance made by Steve Mildenhall.

82:45

The ball is swung over by Jack Compton.

82:33

Corner taken by Jack Compton from the right by-line.

81:23

Simon Walton manages to make a clearance.

81:19

A cross is delivered by Lee Brown.

81:11

Clearance by Sam Collins.

81:06

A cross is delivered by Lee Brown.

80:56

Clearance made by Jack Baldwin.

80:49

The ball is swung over by Ellis Harrison.

80:41

Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

80:37

Tom Lockyer sends in a cross.

80:27

Matthew Dolan manages to make a clearance.

80:22

A cross is delivered by Ellis Harrison.

80:16

Free kick crossed by Lee Brown.

79:56

Christian Burgess challenges Matt Harrold unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:37

Header by Christian Burgess misses left.

79:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jack Compton.

79:01

Luke James has an effort at goal. Steve Mildenhall parries the effort to safety.

78:05

The ball is delivered by Lee Brown.

78:01

Christian Burgess makes a clearance.

77:55

Tom Parkes produces a cross.

77:49

Clearance by Scott Flinders.

77:45

Corner taken by Lee Brown from the right by-line.

77:17

Christian Burgess manages to make a clearance.

77:09

Corner taken by Lee Brown from the left by-line.

76:38 Substitution

Substitution Sam Collins joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Franks.

76:16

The ball is delivered by Eliot Richards.

75:18

Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

74:55

Jack Compton goes into the book.

74:55 Booking

Booking

74:47

Foul by Jack Compton on Tom Lockyer, free kick awarded.

74:33

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

74:28

Eliot Richards challenges Neil Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:51

Centre by Michael Smith.

73:44

Scott Flinders manages to make a clearance.

73:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Brown.

73:20

Jack Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

73:16

Eliot Richards produces a cross.

72:23

Jonathan Franks makes a clearance.

72:20

Ellis Harrison produces a cross.

72:06

Clearance made by Christian Burgess.

72:00

The ball is crossed by Ellis Harrison.

71:06

Shot by Lee Brown went wide left of the target.

70:53

Corner taken by Lee Brown.

70:32

Christian Burgess makes a clearance.

70:29

The ball is delivered by Michael Smith.

70:04

Luke James takes a shot.

69:58

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks.

68:03

Shot by Ellis Harrison missed to the left of the net.

67:11

Clearance by Christian Burgess.

67:01

Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

66:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Dolan.

65:41

Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.

65:18 Booking

Booking

65:18

Simon Walton is cautioned.

65:09

Unfair challenge on Matt Harrold by Simon Walton results in a free kick.

63:59

Header by Eliot Richards misses left.

63:53

The ball is crossed by Ellis Harrison.

63:20 Substitution

Substitution Ellis Harrison comes on in place of Mitch Harding.

60:45

Eliot Richards takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

60:35

Michael Smith crosses the ball.

60:06

Clearance made by Mark McChrystal.

60:03

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Franks.

59:45

Clearance by Michael Smith.

59:41

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Franks.

59:33

Clearance made by Jack Baldwin.

59:28

Andy Bond crosses the ball.

59:14

Clearance by Christian Burgess.

59:12

The ball is sent over by Mitch Harding.

59:01

The ball is delivered by Andy Bond.

58:28

Michael Duckworth has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

58:00

Clearance made by Tom Parkes.

57:58

A cross is delivered by Jack Compton.

57:14

Clearance made by Lee Brown.

57:03

Jonathan Franks delivers the ball.

56:39

Lee Brown sends in a cross.

56:13

Shot by Mitch Harding.

55:19

Clearance made by Christian Burgess.

55:14

Free kick taken by Lee Brown.

54:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Bond by Jack Compton.

53:16

Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

52:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Lockyer by Simon Walton.

51:55

Matt Harrold takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

51:47

The ball is crossed by Andy Bond.

51:29

A cross is delivered by Simon Walton.

50:58

Shot by Matt Harrold. Scott Flinders safely holds on.

49:56

Corner taken by Lee Brown.

49:41

Eliot Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Neil Austin.

49:32

Clearance made by Scott Flinders.

49:27

Michael Smith crosses the ball.

49:10

Clearance made by Christian Burgess.

49:04

A cross is delivered by Michael Smith.

48:48

Corner taken by Lee Brown.

48:27

Eliot Richards produces a cross.

47:28

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Bond.

46:49

Tom Lockyer fouled by Matthew Dolan, the ref awards a free kick.

46:18

Clearance by Tom Parkes.

46:16

Jack Baldwin restarts play with the free kick.

45:45

Matt Harrold gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Dolan.

45:22

Andy Monkhouse takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:32 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:22

Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Franks.

45:00 +0:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke James - Bristol R 1 - 2 Hartlepool Luke James grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Bristol Rovers 1-2 Hartlepool.

45:00 +0:09

Corner taken by Jack Compton.

44:44

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross.

43:01

Andy Bond takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

42:45

The ball is crossed by Lee Brown.

41:19

Corner taken by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line.

40:50

Michael Smith makes a clearance.

40:46

Simon Walton produces a cross.

39:05

Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

38:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Monkhouse on John-Joe O'Toole.

38:10

Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

37:46

Corner taken by Jack Compton from the right by-line.

37:20

Lee Brown manages to make a clearance.

37:16

A cross is delivered by Neil Austin.

37:03

Mark McChrystal manages to make a clearance.

37:00

The ball is crossed by Jack Compton.

35:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke James - Bristol R 1 - 1 Hartlepool Luke James scores with a right foot finish. Bristol Rovers 1-1 Hartlepool.

34:44

Eliot Richards provided the assist for the goal.

34:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Bristol R 1 - 0 Hartlepool Matt Harrold scores a right footed goal. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Hartlepool.

31:02

Jonathan Franks takes a shot and bounces off the post.

30:12

Mark McChrystal makes a clearance.

30:08

Free kick crossed by Jack Compton.

29:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke James by Tom Parkes.

29:18

Free kick crossed by Jack Compton.

28:48

Tom Parkes concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Monkhouse.

28:15

Eliot Richards takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

25:17

Jonathan Franks has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mark McChrystal.

25:02

Clearance made by Eliot Richards.

24:58

Michael Duckworth delivers the ball.

22:46

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks.

22:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Compton.

22:09

Simon Walton has an effort at goal. A parry by Steve Mildenhall prevents the goal.

20:38

Andy Bond takes a shot.

20:05

Clearance by Neil Austin.

20:02

John-Joe O'Toole crosses the ball.

17:37

Matt Harrold takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

17:22

The ball is sent over by Tom Lockyer.

13:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Compton.

12:30

Header by Mitch Harding misses to the right of the target.

12:23

Centre by Andy Bond.

12:17

Christian Burgess manages to make a clearance.

12:13

The ball is swung over by Andy Bond.

11:48

Centre by Neil Austin.

11:38

Free kick taken by Jack Baldwin.

11:29

John-Joe O'Toole concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Dolan.

10:47

Clearance made by Mark McChrystal.

10:44

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Franks.

6:37

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

6:13

Lee Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Franks.

4:26

Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

4:14

Unfair challenge on Matthew Dolan by Tom Parkes results in a free kick.

4:09

Christian Burgess makes a clearance.

4:07

The ball is sent over by Lee Brown.

3:54

Clearance by Jonathan Franks.

3:47

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Brown.

3:31

A cross is delivered by Mitch Harding.

2:57

Christian Burgess makes a clearance.

2:55

Lee Brown sends in a cross.

2:16

Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.

2:05

Simon Walton challenges John-Joe O'Toole unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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