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Bristol Rovers 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

Matt Taylor took his goal tally for the season to 18 with a second-half brace as Bristol Rovers kept in close touch with the League One play-off places with a home win over AFC Wimbledon.

Last season's leading scorer in the Football League headed his side in front from Lee Brown's deep cross to the far post after 61 minutes, having been denied by Wimbledon goalkeeper James Shea seconds earlier.

Taylor wrapped up the points nine minutes later, cleverly making space inside the box to beat Shea with a low left-footed shot from a Chris Lines pass.

And the striker narrowly missed out on a hat-trick, heading inches wide from a Lines cross in the closing moments.

Neither side were able to create much in a disappointing first half, with the best chance falling to Wimbledon's Andy Barcham, whose shot was blocked by Rovers goalkeeper Will Puddy after a neat through ball from Tyrone Barnett.

Rovers were restricted to long-range efforts, the best a low drive from Billy Bodin on the half hour, which brought a comfortable diving save from Shea.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Hartley
  • 3Brown
  • 23BodinSubstituted forLawrenceat 87'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 86mins
  • 14Lines
  • 21MontañoBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMooreat 59'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15J Clarke
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Easter
  • 22Moore
  • 30Gaffney
  • 33Roos
  • 35Colkett

Wimbledon

  • 1Shea
  • 2Fuller
  • 34Robertson
  • 6Robinson
  • 3Meades
  • 7Francomb
  • 8ReevesBooked at 23mins
  • 4BulmanBooked at 51minsSubstituted forParrettat 67'minutes
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forPoleonat 67'minutes
  • 9Elliott
  • 23BarnettSubstituted forCharlesat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Poleon
  • 16Beere
  • 18Parrett
  • 22Kelly
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
  • 32Charles
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
10,093

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home3
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

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

Foul by Dominic Poleon (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Liam Lawrence replaces Billy Bodin.

Booking

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Darius Charles replaces Tyrone Barnett.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by James Shea.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Poleon (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Matty Taylor.

Attempt blocked. George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dominic Poleon (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Chris Lines.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dean Parrett replaces Dannie Bulman.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dominic Poleon replaces Andy Barcham.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt saved. Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, AFC Wimbledon 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Andy Barcham.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Cristian Montaño.

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

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd24155443232050
2Bolton24154532151749
3Scunthorpe24146447222548
4Rochdale2413383830842
5Bradford2491232920939
6Southend2410863529638
7Peterborough23107637251237
8Fleetwood2410773528737
9Millwall2411493937237
10Bristol Rovers2410683940-136
11Wimbledon248883430432
12Charlton2471162925432
13Oxford Utd248792828031
14Walsall2471072631-531
15Northampton2486103434030
16Gillingham2486103239-730
17Port Vale2486102737-1030
18MK Dons2476112934-527
19Swindon2466122438-1424
20Bury2464143346-1322
21Shrewsbury2456132438-1421
22Chesterfield2463152743-1621
23Coventry2448122135-1420
24Oldham2339111227-1518
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