League Two
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Bristol Rovers 0-0 Chesterfield

Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield played out a dull draw that extended both sides' winless runs in League Two.

John-Joe O'Toole shot over for Rovers before Eoin Doyle missed two superb chances for the visitors.

Spirerites striker Gary Roberts then forced a save from Steve Mildenhall, before Doyle received a second yellow for fouling Alefe Santos.

Chesterfield are now winless in six league games, while Rovers are without a victory in nine.

The visitors have now dropped out of the top three, but are separated from third-placed Fleetwood only by goals scored.

The Pirates remain one point above the relegation zone.

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Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I thought it was a fantastic effort from the team and the supporters.

"These supporters acknowledge that we are young and are in a tough situation at the moment.

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"Certainly today we've come across a team that have taken the season by storm at the start.

"We've given them a really good game and matched them in most parts of the pitch."

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"You come away from home, you want to win, we're dying to win. We know we're not on a good run.

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Paul Cook: Chesterfield boss on Bristol Rovers draw

"Good runs are like bad runs, they spread confidence and they drain confidence.

"It's not so much that we're playing with fear because it's game that we totally dominated.

"I'm not being disrespectful in any shape or form to John and his team because they worked hard for the result, but unfortunately today when we did need to score the goal we just didn't have that quality that we needed."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 30Lockyer
  • 24O Clarke
  • 22Packwood
  • 6Parkes
  • 33Santos
  • 25Clucas
  • 26Brunt
  • 10Richards
  • 32O'Toole

Substitutes

  • 15Norburn
  • 16Henshall
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 34Keary
  • 35Southway

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 7Darikwa
  • 15Humphreys
  • 5MorsySubstituted forBanksat 28'minutes
  • 23EvattSubstituted forHirdat 73'minutes
  • 6Cooper
  • 16DevittSubstituted forRichardsat 62'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 17DoyleBooked at 87mins
  • 12Ryan

Substitutes

  • 2Banks
  • 3Smith
  • 4Hird
  • 9Richards
  • 20Chapman
  • 27Edwards
  • 28McSheffrey
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
5,667

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home5
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Chesterfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Chesterfield 0.

Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

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

Attempt saved. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Hird replaces Ian Evatt because of an injury.

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield).

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

Attempt saved. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc Richards replaces Jamie Devitt.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Banks.

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield).

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers).

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Oxford Utd147521126
2Rochdale14824526
3Fleetwood14815725
4Chesterfield14743725
5Exeter14734424
6Burton14734324
7Newport14653623
8Dag & Red14653323
9Scunthorpe13652323
10Morecambe14644122
11Mansfield14563321
12Wycombe13625320
13Southend14626120
14Hartlepool14536118
15Wimbledon14536-318
16Portsmouth13454017
17Cheltenham14446-616
18Plymouth14437-615
19Bury14347-213
20York13337-612
21Bristol Rovers14257-711
22Torquay14257-1011
23Northampton14248-810
24Accrington14248-1010
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