League Two
Scunthorpe1Bristol Rovers1

Scunthorpe United 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Steven Gillespie

Steven Gillespie's 88th-minute header earned lowly Bristol Rovers a point and stopped Scunthorpe moving level on points with leaders Chesterfield.

Both sides wasted decent chances, but the hosts created the better openings after Sam Winnall's glancing first-half header from Gary McSheffrey's driven cross put them ahead.

Winnall came closest of all, hitting the bar with a header.

But Gillespie snatched a draw when he headed in Michael Smith's cross.

Scunthorpe are now two points behind leaders Chesterfield, who won 4-1 at Cheltenham.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox

"I think you're always disappointed to concede a late goal - we've gone for the second goal and we've probably got too many bodies in the box and we need to manage that last period better.

"We had enough chances to win the game, we had two or three penalty appeals turned down, we hit the bar, they're a good outfit but on the balance of play in both boxes, we've created a lot more than they have.

"We've got to be so careful at this club now with the expectations, we're 17 games unbeaten, but you've got to try and embrace this time.

"Scunthorpe have had three terrible seasons, relegation, 18th, relegation. We're second in the league, we need to embrace it more, we need to enjoy this period."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"We were disappointed with our quality in the first period, and even in the second half we didn't have enough of the ball in the top end of the pitch.

"But it was an excellent goal we finished with, after good play, so I'm not cribbing about something we can't do.

"We've come here and been very positive. We stood strong and decided to go and attack.

"We've come out to look for a point or three and we've got one. I'm really pleased with that."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 4McAllister
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forSparrowat 86'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 27Madden
  • 29WinnallSubstituted forHayesat 69'minutes
  • 28McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Dawson
  • 7Sparrow
  • 13Severn
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 15Waterfall
  • 39Hayes

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystalBooked at 90mins
  • 39Mohamed
  • 30Lockyer
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forClucasat 82'minutes
  • 19Beardsley
  • 16GowSubstituted forGillespieat 45+8'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 25Clucas
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
3,318

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

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

Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Sparrow replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Attempt missed. Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Seanan Clucas replaces David Clarkson.

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United).

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

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt missed. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Paul Hayes replaces Sam Winnall.

Attempt saved. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

Attempt blocked. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

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

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield331710655302561
2Scunthorpe331514451321959
3Rochdale32176950361457
4Oxford Utd331413646281855
5Burton33141183633353
6Fleetwood32164124839952
7Southend331310104031949
8Plymouth32129113336-345
9Newport30119103938142
10Hartlepool33119133638-242
11Wimbledon33118143439-541
12York33913113837140
13Dag & Red321010123941-240
14Morecambe321010123642-640
15Bury31912103736139
16Exeter33109143843-539
17Cheltenham32912113744-739
18Portsmouth33912123748-1139
19Bristol Rovers32911123133-238
20Mansfield33911133447-1338
21Wycombe32910133539-437
22Accrington32910133542-737
23Northampton3288162743-1632
24Torquay3279163148-1730
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