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Accrington Stanley 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Accrington secured their first league win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.

The Pirates took the lead after five minutes when Manchester City loanee Alex Henshall's left-wing cross fooled goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

But James Gray netted a close-range equaliser from Peter Murphy's well-executed pass.

Kal Naismith drilled a low shot on the half-hour mark to give Stanley the lead and they held on for three points.

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Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought we deserved it. We were the better side tonight. There was a mistake from Marcus, but otherwise we were outstanding.

"His reaction to the mistake and the team's reaction towards Marcus says a lot about how he's played for us.

"He needed his mates to pull him out of the mire and they did that. I'm really pleased for them. They deserve it."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"The first 10 minutes was good and very positive.

"Maybe we got a little bit carried away with that and thought everything was going to turn out OK.

"We've allowed ourselves to get a bit frantic with our decision making.

"That's down to the youth I've got out there. It's not a criticism it's just the situation they've found themselves in."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 16Hunt
  • 27Naylor
  • 4Joyce
  • 6Winnard
  • 5AldredBooked at 80mins
  • 11Naismith
  • 2Murphy
  • 9WebberSubstituted forHatfieldat 79'minutes
  • 17GraySubstituted forCarverat 86'minutes
  • 15MingoiaSubstituted forRichardsonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Dunbavin
  • 7McCartan
  • 8Richardson
  • 10Hatfield
  • 18Carver
  • 20Windass
  • 44Bowerman

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 30Lockyer
  • 24O ClarkeSubstituted forSantosat 61'minutes
  • 6Parkes
  • 22Packwood
  • 25Clucas
  • 32O'Toole
  • 26BruntBooked at 81mins
  • 17HarrisonBooked at 72mins
  • 16HenshallBooked at 67minsSubstituted forRichardsat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Richards
  • 15Norburn
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
  • 35Southway
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
1,101

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Michael Richardson replaces Piero Mingoia.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Will Packwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Marcus Carver replaces James Gray.

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

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

Booking

Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Will Hatfield replaces Danny Webber.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Attempt saved. Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

Will Packwood (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Alex Henshall.

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

Booking

Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Henshall (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces Ollie Clarke.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale138232114726
2Chesterfield137332013724
3Exeter137331813524
4Oxford Utd136522112923
5Fleetwood137152015522
6Morecambe136432018222
7Mansfield135621511421
8Burton136341917221
9Newport135531814420
10Wycombe126241814420
11Southend136251411320
12Scunthorpe125521412220
13Dag & Red135531817120
14Hartlepool135351715218
15Wimbledon135351516-118
16Portsmouth124441919016
17Cheltenham134361824-615
18York123361519-412
19Plymouth13337815-712
20Bury132471316-310
21Bristol Rovers132471118-710
22Torquay132471323-1010
23Northampton132381220-89
24Accrington13148920-117
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