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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green extended their unbeaten run to five games after Daniel Coles' goal was enough to beat his old club Bristol Rovers.

The visitors were dominant in the first half, with Kurtis Guthrie twice shooting wide.

They went ahead when Coles headed Rob Sinclar's cross into the bottom corner.

Dave Martin went close to an equaliser with a header but the hosts ended with 10 men after Daniel Leadbitter was sent off for bringing down Guthrie.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke speaks to BBC Radio Bristol:

"Very frustrating to keep coming in and saying the chances we've missed we've got to do better in front of goal and that's there for everyone to see.

"Because to get something out of the game with ten men can't knock the lads for their effort and desire. I thought we were the better team with ten men for the majority of the second half.

"We lost to many individual battles for me first half, then got a great response second half to be fair to the boys. Obviously down to the red card, we'll have to look at that one again.

"But we have to take our medicine and move on from it you're going to take a few hits along the way we took a hit today I don't think we deserved to lose the match if I'm being honest but we've lost the football match because we didn't finish our chances."

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"The way we played first half we could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up.

"In the second half we had to dig in, and it's always hard when teams go down to 10 men.

"Bristol Rovers is a very good football club, and a top team, and to come here and beat them for their first home defeat was brilliant.

"I love 1-0's, it's my favourite scoreline, but I wished we'd scored one or two at the end because my ticker's not too great."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterBooked at 59mins
  • 15TrotmanBooked at 14mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 23MonkhouseSubstituted forMartinat 22'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forWhiteat 84'minutes
  • 7MansellBooked at 59mins
  • 11Gosling
  • 27Cunnington
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forHarrisonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 16Martin
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy

Forest Green

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Russell
  • 6Bennett
  • 26Coles
  • 15Oshodi
  • 10Kelly
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 17Guthrie
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forKamdjoat 90'minutes
  • 7NorwoodSubstituted forFrearat 65'minutes
  • 20Parkin
  • 25RodgersSubstituted forJolleyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 11Hughes
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 18Frear
  • 28Jolley
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
7,014

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Rob Sinclair.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

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