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Fleetwood Town 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Fleetwood Town kept their hopes of automatic League Two promotion alive with a comfortable win against strugglers Bristol Rovers.

Antoni Sarcevic pounced on a Tom Parkes mistake to drive home the opener.

Mark Roberts then made it 2-0 with a header from a Josh Morris corner.

David Ball nodded a third from a Charlie Taylor cross, and Parkes cleared off the line from Nathan Pond and Roberts before Ellis Harrison pulled one back with a header.

Fleetwood are now six points off the top three with a game in hand, while Rovers are three points above the drop zone.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

Graham Alexander

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Post-match: Fleetwood manager Alexander

"I'm really pleased with the team. We started really well and got the goal we deserved.

"We played some really good football and looked solid at the back.

"We have to reward the supporters with a performance that shows you're trying everything to get a result. We didn't do that on Saturday, and hopefully they've gone home with a smile on their face."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

John Ward

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"It's disappointing because we've looked hesitant and uncertain, and perhaps we're lacking confidence.

"Our defending, which has been our strength this season, has let us down a bit.

"The three goals weren't self-inflicted but they could have been deal with better.

"We've offered a team, who I thought were wobbling a little bit, a lifeline."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 28Maxwell
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 20Taylor
  • 18Sarcevic
  • 6Pond
  • 5Roberts
  • 17BlairSubstituted forEvansat 90+1'minutes
  • 13Goodall
  • 36HumeSubstituted forMattat 76'minutes
  • 23BallSubstituted forMurdochat 76'minutes
  • 24Morris

Substitutes

  • 1Davies
  • 4Murdoch
  • 7Evans
  • 9Parkin
  • 10Matt
  • 22Hughes
  • 25Jordan

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14BrownBooked at 80mins
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 4WoodardsSubstituted forBeardsleyat 77'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9Harrold
  • 8GillespieSubstituted forMohamedat 70'minutes
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHarrisonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 34Keary
  • 39Mohamed
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
2,023

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Gareth Evans replaces Matty Blair.

Alan Goodall (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town).

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

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

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

Booking

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

Hand ball by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Dan Woodards.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jamille Matt replaces Iain Hume.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Stewart Murdoch replaces David Ball.

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

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

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

Attempt saved. Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kaid Mohamed replaces Stephen Gillespie.

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt blocked. Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

(Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Alan Goodall (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale39227102573
2Scunthorpe39181742471
3Chesterfield40191382670
4Fleetwood39197131164
5Burton3917139564
6Oxford Utd39151410959
7York39151311858
8Southend391414111156
9Plymouth39151014055
10Dag & Red39121512051
11Hartlepool39131016149
12Newport38121313-349
13Wimbledon39121215-548
14Cheltenham39111513-848
15Morecambe39121215-1248
16Exeter39121116-347
17Mansfield39111414-1147
18Accrington39111315-346
19Bury3891712-144
20Bristol Rovers38101315-843
21Wycombe39101217-942
22Portsmouth3991515-1742
23Northampton3991317-1840
24Torquay399921-2236
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