EFL Cup
Bristol Rovers3Cheltenham0

Bristol Rovers 3-0 Cheltenham Town

Tyler Smith announced himself as a Bristol Rovers player by scoring two goals and making another in a 3-0 Carabao Cup first-round win over Cheltenham Town at the Memorial Stadium.

The hosts took a 38th-minute lead when Jonson Clarke-Harris nodded the ball into the path of Kyle Bennett 25 yards out. His well-struck volley was parried by Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Flinders and Smith reacted quickest to fire home the rebound.

It was the Sheffield United loanee's first Rovers goal and he added his second four minutes into the second half, slotting home right-footed from Ollie Clarke's precise through ball.

Smith then turned creator on 67 minutes, breaking clear of the visiting defence and unselfishly squaring the ball to the unmarked Clarke-Harris for a tap-in.

A first half of little goalmouth action saw Rovers create the first clear chance on the half-hour when Bennett was played in, only to have his close range shot deflected over by the combined efforts of Flinders and defender Jacob Greaves.

Cheltenham failed to fashion a clear scoring opportunity and there was little to excite their contingent of travelling fans. Their one threatening moment came when Greaves headed over from a 47th minute long throw.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 22Hare
  • 16Davies
  • 15Kilgour
  • 11Leahy
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forRodmanat 76'minutes
  • 4Ogogo
  • 23Bennett
  • 7Sercombe
  • 9Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 68'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forNicholsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 5Craig
  • 6Upson
  • 10Nichols
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 33Rodman
  • 35Hoole

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 26Greaves
  • 2Long
  • 8Clements
  • 7ThomasBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLloydat 65'minutes
  • 21Doyle-Hayes
  • 17DebayoSubstituted forBowryat 77'minutes
  • 16AddaiSubstituted forCampbellat 45'minutes
  • 32Varney

Substitutes

  • 6Bowry
  • 10Campbell
  • 18Brennan
  • 19Lloyd
  • 22Lovett
  • 24Horton
  • 25Chamberlain
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,909

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home19
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Cheltenham Town 0.

Attempt blocked. Tahvon Campbell (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Clements with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Victor Adeboyejo (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town).

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman tries a through ball, but Tom Nichols is caught offside.

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

Foul by George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Dan Bowry replaces Josh Debayo.

Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Bristol Rovers).

Sean Long (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman replaces Ollie Clarke.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Jake Doyle-Hayes tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom Davies.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo tries a through ball, but Tom Nichols is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Tyler Smith.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sean Long.

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

Attempt blocked. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Cheltenham Town 0. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyler Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. George Lloyd replaces Conor Thomas.

Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tahvon Campbell (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Hare with a cross.

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

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