EFL Cup
Bristol Rovers2Crawley1

Carabao Cup: Bristol Rovers 2-1 Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers claimed their first win of the season as they saw off League Two side Crawley in the Carabao Cup.

Kyle Bennett headed the League One side ahead on 32 minutes from a Sam Matthews corner and Ollie Clarke's strike sealed the Pirates' win six minutes from time.

Mark Connolly gave Town hope, heading in from close range in the 88th minute.

But it proved too little, too late and Crawley were reduced to 10 men when substitute Dominic Poleon was sent off for a second yellow card in added time.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5Craig
  • 4Lockyer
  • 15J Clarke
  • 14Lines
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 67mins
  • 26Matthews
  • 23BennettSubstituted forUpsonat 80'minutes
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forSercombeat 82'minutes
  • 9PayneBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Upson
  • 7Sercombe
  • 10Nichols
  • 16Broadbent
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly

Crawley

  • 12Mersin
  • 14FrancombBooked at 88mins
  • 6Connolly
  • 20Vincelot
  • 3Doherty
  • 2Young
  • 25RandallBooked at 40mins
  • 24MilsomSubstituted forPoleonat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27AllarakhiaSubstituted forBulmanat 60'minutes
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 28CamaraSubstituted forNathaniel-Georgeat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Morris
  • 5McNerney
  • 10Poleon
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 18Sesay
  • 21Bulman
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
2,336

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Crawley Town 1.

Attempt blocked. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ashley Nathaniel-George.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by George Francomb.

Booking

Adam Smith (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town).

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

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

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

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Crawley Town 1. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Nathaniel-George with a cross.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Mark Randall (Crawley Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Mark Randall (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Crawley Town 0. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Liam Sercombe replaces Alex Rodman.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Ashley Nathaniel-George replaces Panutche Camara.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ed Upson replaces Kyle Bennett.

Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

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

Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town).

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

Foul by Mark Randall (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Doherty.

Attempt missed. Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

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

Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

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