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Wrexham 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Steve Mildenhall
Bristol Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall was taken off with a knee injury in the first half

Wrexham survived without sent-off Rob Evans while Bristol Rovers played 50 minutes without a recognised goalkeeper in an eventful goalless draw.

Defender Mark McChrystal moved into the visitors' goal after Steve Mildenhall's 42nd-minute exit with a knee injury.

Soon after, referee Ross Joyce judged Evans' challenge on Matty Taylor worthy of a red card and the hosts were down to 10 men for the second half.

But neither side could take advantage of their opponents' misfortune.

Alex Wall hit the crossbar from a free-kick late on for Rovers, while Wrexham's Elliott Durrell headed high and Connor Jennings forced a good save from McChrystal.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

"Again a refereeing decision has cost us. The same thing happened at Altrincham and it looks like the same thing has happened tonight.

"If we're getting people sent off for dissent and those sort of things then clearly I can do something about that.

"I can't stop my players tackling and I'm not going to stop them tackling.

"The referee shouldn't be the most important person on the field. I think we're getting a raw deal."

Bristol Rovers defender-turned-goalkeeper Mark McChrystal told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I've never played in goal before so it was an interesting evening. I wasn't expecting it

"He (manager Darrell Clarke) asked if I'd do it and I said no problem, I'd give it a go.

"I think I did fine. The lads did well in front of me, and them having 10 men helped a bit as well.

"But I've gone out there and we've got a clean sheet. It's not as easy as it looks."

Line-ups

Wrexham

  • 13Bachmann
  • 18White
  • 4Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 3Ashton
  • 2Carrington
  • 6Clarke
  • 15EvansBooked at 45mins
  • 24JenningsBooked at 90mins
  • 10BishopSubstituted forMoultat 88'minutes
  • 16YorkSubstituted forDurrellat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Durrell
  • 8Harris
  • 9Moult
  • 14Tomassen
  • 29Thompson

Bristol Rovers

  • 1MildenhallSubstituted forTrotmanat 42'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 30Della VerdeSubstituted forBalantaat 24'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 24Sinclair
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 27BlissettBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWallat 70'minutes
  • 10TaylorBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 29Balanta
  • 31Wall
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
2,608

Match Stats

Home TeamWrexhamAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wrexham 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wrexham 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Wrexham.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alex Wall (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  8. Booking

    Connor Jennings (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

  10. Post update

    Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Louis Moult replaces Andy Bishop.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elliott Durrell (Wrexham) header from the left side of the box is too high.

  13. Booking

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Daniel Bachmann (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Alex Wall (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Durrell (Wrexham).

  18. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers).