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Bristol Rovers 3-2 Bradford City

Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a dramatic late winner as Bristol Rovers eased their League One relegation fears with a thrilling victory over Bradford.

The visitors looked to have salvaged a point when Nathaniel Knight-Percival made it 2-2 in the last minute, but in-form Clarke-Harris struck deep into stoppage-time to earn Rovers a priceless win at the Memorial Stadium.

Rock-bottom Bradford had taken the lead through Lewis O'Brien, but the Pirates responded through goals from Clarke-Harris and Ollie Clarke before the frenetic finish.

Bradford, who are now nine points adrift of safety, went ahead when good work from Jack Payne set up O'Brien who took advantage of hesitant Rovers defending to send a low right-footed shot past Jack Bonham from 12 yards.

But the home side were struggling when Clarke-Harris rose unmarked to head in Liam Sercombe's corner from the right.

Clarke then fired Rovers ahead with a fierce right-footed shot from the left corner of the box, but battling Bradford equalised through Knight-Percival's volley as stoppage-time approached.

The drama did not end there as Clarke-Harris swept home a Tareiq Holmes-Dennis cross for his 11th goal in as many league starts since his move from Coventry in January.

The victory leaves Rovers five points above the bottom four with four games remaining.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 6UpsonBooked at 56mins
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forSinclairat 81'minutes
  • 25OgogoBooked at 66mins
  • 7SercombeBooked at 31minsSubstituted forJakubiakat 90+2'minutes
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forRodmanat 71'minutes
  • 19Clarke-HarrisBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 22Partington
  • 24Sinclair
  • 30Kilgour
  • 33Rodman

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 38Caddis
  • 5O'Connor
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 3Chicksen
  • 44Wright
  • 16Butterfield
  • 39O'Brien
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forMillerat 74'minutes
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forClarkeat 78'minutes
  • 10Payne

Substitutes

  • 6O'Connor
  • 12Miller
  • 13Wilson
  • 17Clarke
  • 18Anderson
  • 21Akpan
  • 24Devine
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
8,418

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away11
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Bradford City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Bradford City 2.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Bradford City 2. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Liam Sercombe.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Bradford City 2. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield following a corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

(Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Billy Clarke (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Ollie Clarke.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Clarke replaces Eoin Doyle.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Jack Payne (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. George Miller replaces Sean Scannell.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Bradford City 1. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ed Upson.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman replaces Tom Nichols.

Attempt saved. Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Caddis (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Paudie O'Connor.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Bradford City).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Booking

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley422313672353782
3Sunderland412117374413380
4Portsmouth412311775443180
5Charlton422310962382479
6Doncaster4219121171521969
7Peterborough411810136354964
8Coventry421710155049161
9Burton4216121460481260
10Blackpool421416124746158
11Fleetwood411511155447756
12Oxford Utd421314155056-653
13Shrewsbury421214164753-650
14Bristol Rovers421213174447-349
15Gillingham42139205468-1448
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Wycombe421211195264-1247
18Plymouth421211195167-1647
19Scunthorpe42129214973-2445
20Rochdale42129215183-3245
21Wimbledon42128223759-2244
22Southend42127234963-1443
23Walsall42119224569-2442
24Bradford42106264572-2736
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