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Bristol Rovers 1-1 Dover Athletic

Bristol Rovers missed the chance to move in to the Conference play-off places as Tom Murphy struck a last-gasp equaliser for Dover.

The Pirates led when Adam Cunnington turned Stuart Sinclair's shot past Andy Rafferty from close range.

Dover began the second half quickly and Christian Nanetti's long-range strike forced a superb save from Will Puddy.

Rovers looked set to move up to fifth until Murphy volleyed in Tyrone Sterling's cross in the 90th minute.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points.

"We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They've put their bodies on the line and I'm sure they'll be very happy with a point

"We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well.

"We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I'm not going to be to critical of the boys. It's another game where we are undefeated and it's about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 15Trotman
  • 3Brown
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forMonkhouseat 71'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Martin
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forHarrisonat 69'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 22Preston
  • 23Monkhouse

Dover

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Rafferty
  • 6OrluBooked at 79mins
  • 29Essam
  • 26BonnerSubstituted forMurphyat 84'minutes
  • 2Stone
  • 12Lock
  • 28TaiwoSubstituted forDeverdicsat 69'minutes
  • 16Sterling
  • 20Nanetti
  • 14PayneSubstituted forReidat 55'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 27Miller

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 5Raggett
  • 10Murphy
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Reid
Referee:
Wayne Barratt
Attendance:
6,162

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamDover
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dover Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dover Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Connor Essam (Dover Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Dover Athletic 1. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tyrone Sterling with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic.

  12. Booking

    Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Christian Nanetti (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Tom Murphy replaces Tom Bonner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.