League Two
Bristol Rovers1Morecambe0

Bristol Rovers 1-0 Morecambe

Darrell Clarke

Kaid Mohamed's injury-timer header earned Darrell Clarke victory in his first game as Bristol Rovers boss against Morecambe in League Two.

Mohamed powered home Ellis Harrison's superb cross from the right to give the hosts a win their play barely deserved.

Neither goalkeeper made a worthwhile save in a dour game where both teams struggled until the dramatic finale.

But the victory eased Rovers' relegation fears as they are now six points clear of the bottom two.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

Darrell Clarke

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Morecambe win

"I tried to get my philosophy across today and I think we did it in spells and we need to more of that, but I'm going to give the players massive credit for sticking with it.

"Two or three deliveries were excellent and it's a great learning experience for the younger boys in the squad, getting valuable experience of being in the situation we are in.

"It was a great moment with it being my first game but it was a very anxious game. I think the fans could see that, the players were a little bit edgy."

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I feel sick. It's the hardest goal I've had to take since I've been manager at the club.

"I felt comfortable thinking we were going to get a clean sheet and take a positive point away from home, but we made a couple of silly decisions in the middle of the park.

"We haven't done enough to stop the cross or win the header in the box."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 30Lockyer
  • 4Woodards
  • 29McChrystal
  • 33Santos
  • 24O Clarke
  • 19BeardsleySubstituted forHarrisonat 76'minutes
  • 7Clarkson
  • 39MohamedBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 34Keary

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 8Wright
  • 3ThrelfallSubstituted forEllisonat 72'minutes
  • 4Kenyon
  • 15McCreadySubstituted forHughesat 21'minutes
  • 34Edwards
  • 12Devitt
  • 17Fleming
  • 9SampsonBooked at 81mins
  • 27AmondSubstituted forRedshawat 62'minutes
  • 6Diagne

Substitutes

  • 5Hughes
  • 7Redshaw
  • 10Williams
  • 11Ellison
  • 14Marshall
  • 25Arestidou
  • 37Mustoe
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
5,647

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0.

Booking

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 0. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Jack Sampson (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony Diagne (Morecambe).

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jack Sampson (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Chris Beardsley.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tony Diagne.

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Robbie Threlfall.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

Barry Roche (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Redshaw replaces Padraig Amond.

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Attempt blocked. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Hand ball by Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe).

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

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Jack Sampson (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Padraig Amond (Morecambe).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale40228102574
2Scunthorpe40181842472
3Chesterfield40191382670
4Fleetwood40198131165
5Burton4017149565
6Southend401514111259
7Oxford Utd40151411859
8York40151411859
9Plymouth39151014055
10Dag & Red40131512154
11Cheltenham40121513-751
12Mansfield40121414-1050
13Hartlepool40131017049
14Accrington40121315-249
15Newport39121314-449
16Wimbledon40121216-648
17Morecambe40121216-1348
18Bury39101712247
19Exeter40121117-447
20Bristol Rovers39111315-746
21Portsmouth40101515-1645
22Wycombe40101317-943
23Northampton4091318-2140
24Torquay409922-2336
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