League Two
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Bury 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Tom Soares

A late Tom Soares header ensured Bury put 10 points between themselves and the League Two relegation zone.

The substitute headed home Chris Hussey's corner at the near post soon after coming onto the field.

Bury got off to a great start as on-loan Everton youngster Hallam Hope smashed the ball past Steve Mildenhall.

Bristol Rovers levelled as Kaid Mohamed deflected in Ollie Clarke's shot, while Bury keeper Brian Jensen twice saved well from Matt Harrold headers.

But Soares' winner meant Darrell Clarke suffer his first defeat since

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Bury manager Flitcroft

"Saturday's game [at Northampton] was a big win but that was even bigger.

"They've come with a 'no-fear' attitude and I was really impressed with them. We didn't get to grips with them.

"Tactically I got it wrong, but we flipped it back and in the last 20 minutes we got a foothold back in the game.

"I can't express how delighted I am with the group. Don't forget the trouble we were in and it's been testing. It's been a massive effort from everyone at the football club to turn this around."

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke

"In the first 20 minutes, we looked a little bit lost in the shape, but we grew into the game and controlled the possession.

"But how many times have we said it this season - we create opportunities, but we don't make the most of them.

"We conceded a sloppy goal from a set piece, which is unacceptable.

"It is a work in progress, but we've got to make it work quickly."

Line-ups

Bury

  • 21Jensen
  • 7JonesSubstituted forRoseat 71'minutes
  • 11Hussey
  • 3McNulty
  • 34Mills
  • 29Veseli
  • 12Sedgwick
  • 16TutteSubstituted forSoaresat 78'minutes
  • 18Nardiello
  • 9HopeSubstituted forProctorat 81'minutes
  • 15Mayor

Substitutes

  • 4Hinds
  • 6Proctor
  • 19Soares
  • 20Rose
  • 22Platt
  • 30Charles-Cook
  • 35Obadeyi

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 29McChrystal
  • 6ParkesSubstituted forSantosat 82'minutes
  • 4WoodardsSubstituted forClucasat 45'minutes
  • 32O'Toole
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9Harrold
  • 39Mohamed
  • 24O ClarkeSubstituted forGillespieat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 33Santos
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
2,314

Match Stats

Home TeamBuryAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bury 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bury 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Pablo Mills (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Andrew Proctor (Bury).

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

Danny Rose (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stephen Gillespie replaces Ollie Clarke.

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

Foul by Chris Sedgwick (Bury).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces Tom Parkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Andrew Proctor replaces Hallam Hope.

Goal!

Goal! Bury 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Tom Soares (Bury) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Hussey following a corner.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Seanan Clucas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Tom Soares replaces Andrew Tutte.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Daniel Nardiello (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Daniel Nardiello (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Danny Rose replaces Craig Jones.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Attempt saved. Daniel Nardiello (Bury) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bury).

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Chris Sedgwick (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Sedgwick.

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Daniel Nardiello (Bury).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Craig Jones.

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Tutte (Bury) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale402281064392574
2Scunthorpe401818461372472
3Chesterfield401913862362670
4Fleetwood401981357461165
5Burton40171494237565
6Southend4015141148361259
7Oxford Utd401514114941859
8York401514114638859
9Plymouth391510144444055
10Dag & Red401315124847154
11Cheltenham401215134653-751
12Bury401117124744350
13Mansfield401214144252-1050
14Hartlepool401310174646049
15Accrington401213154749-249
16Newport391213144751-449
17Wimbledon401212164248-648
18Morecambe401212164558-1348
19Exeter401211174751-447
20Bristol Rovers401113163745-846
21Portsmouth401015154056-1645
22Wycombe401013173948-943
23Northampton40913183354-2140
24Torquay4099223558-2336
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