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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Rochdale

Ethan Hamilton fired a precious late winner as Rochdale eased their League One relegation fears with victory at Bristol Rovers.

The visitors clinched a deserved three points when Hamilton controlled a ball cut back by Ian Henderson to find the top corner with a precise left-footed chip.

Rovers turned in a woeful performance, Liam Sercombe going closest to a goal with a 78th minute shot from outside the box, which flashed inches wide.

It was a forgettable game of few scoring opportunities as Ethan Ebanks-Landell excelled at the heart of a strong visiting defence.

Rochdale looked comfortable for most of the first half, but gifted Rovers the best chance on 24 minutes as Sercombe latched onto a poor pass from goalkeeper Josh Lillis and burst forward only to shoot wide of the far post.

Veteran Rochdale centre-forward Aaron Wilbraham caused problems in the air, but their only first-half efforts came from distance, despite some promising approach play.

The result saw Rochdale leapfrog their opponents in the table, leaving Rovers with work still to do to guarantee survival.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 7Sercombe
  • 6UpsonBooked at 22mins
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 57mins
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forReillyat 87'minutes
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forJakubiakat 73'minutes
  • 19Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 22Partington
  • 24Sinclair
  • 28Kelly
  • 30Kilgour

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 4McNultyBooked at 14mins
  • 8WilliamsBooked at 78minsSubstituted forAndrewat 84'minutes
  • 7DooleySubstituted forDoneat 67'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10CampsSubstituted forPykeat 59'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 13Keohane
  • 39BunneyBooked at 38mins
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 27Hamilton

Substitutes

  • 5Delaney
  • 9Andrew
  • 14Rathbone
  • 16Done
  • 25Adshead
  • 30Pyke
  • 31Wade
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
8,516

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Rochdale 1.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Rekeil Pyke (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Rekeil Pyke (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Gavin Reilly replaces Alex Rodman.

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

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale).

Booking

Matt Done (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces M.J. Williams.

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

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Rochdale 1. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ian Henderson.

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

Foul by Rekeil Pyke (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Booking

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

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

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Tom Nichols.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rekeil Pyke (Rochdale).

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton432612584374790
2Barnsley442513677364188
3Portsmouth432511779463386
4Sunderland432218377423584
5Charlton4424101067402782
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough431812136556966
8Coventry441810165351264
9Blackpool441517124947262
10Burton4416121663531060
11Oxford Utd441514155559-459
12Fleetwood431512165650657
13Gillingham441410205870-1252
14Rochdale44149215383-3051
15Bristol Rovers441214184549-450
16Shrewsbury441214185058-850
17Wycombe441311205365-1250
18Accrington431212194364-2148
19Southend44138235366-1347
20Plymouth441211215273-2147
21Scunthorpe441210224977-2846
22Wimbledon43129223860-2245
23Walsall441110234671-2543
24Bradford44107274675-2937
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