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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Accrington Stanley

Two goals from Sean McConville earned Accrington a first victory in the third tier of the English Football League as they claimed victory over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

The left-sided midfielder opened the scoring after six minutes, capitalising on a good run from Jordan Clark to cut in onto his right foot and score with a deflected shot from 12 yards.

Striker Stefan Payne marked his Rovers debut by heading a close-range equaliser from James Clarke's right-wing cross in the 83rd minute.

But McConville had the final say six minutes later with a fine first-time finish with his right foot from the left corner of the box that sent the ball skidding past Rovers goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

Clark had hit the crossbar after 75 minutes as Stanley produced the more incisive moves, despite being second best in terms of possession.

Neither goalkeeper had much to do in the first 45 minutes, with the only save of note coming from Accrington's Connor Ripley, who dived to his left to get a firm hand on Liam Sercombe's 34th-minute volley.

The result leaves Rovers without a point from their first two games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Slocombe
  • 15J Clarke
  • 16Broadbent
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5CraigSubstituted forMatthewsat 75'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forLinesat 61'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forNicholsat 61'minutes
  • 9Payne
  • 23Bennett

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 10Nichols
  • 11Mensah
  • 14Lines
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 26Matthews

Accrington

  • 30Ripley
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 15Sykes
  • 5Richards-EvertonBooked at 86mins
  • 7Clark
  • 8Brown
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 9ZanzalaSubstituted forFinleyat 58'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 6Nolan
  • 14Finley
  • 18Rodgers
  • 19Mangan
  • 22Mingoia
  • 25Platt
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
8,683

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

Foul by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers).

Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

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

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Clark.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Booking

Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 1. Stefan Payne (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Clarke with a cross.

Foul by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Connor Ripley.

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Sam Matthews replaces Tony Craig.

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

Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Ed Upson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Alex Rodman.

goal

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