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Bristol Rovers 3-3 Accrington Stanley

Accrington Stanley battled with 10 men for most of the second half to earn a thrilling League One draw at Bristol Rovers.

The home side took a fourth-minute lead when Ollie Clarke's cross-shot was tapped in by Alex Rodman. But Stanley were level on 18 minutes, Jordan Clark bursting into the box to net with a low angled drive.

Two minutes later Sam Finley broke into the Rovers penalty area to shoot home right-footed and it was 2-2 on 41 minutes as Jonson Clarke-Harris fired in from 15 yards after Clarke's shot had ricocheted into his path.

Stanley were reduced to 10 men on 49 minutes when Seamus Conneely was shown a second yellow card for pulling back Tom Nichols.

Clarke-Harris' produced a spectacular overhead kick to put Rovers in front on 63 minutes only for Dion Charles to equalise with a 77th-minute penalty after being fouled by Josh Hare.

Referee Neil Hair took a blow in the face near the end and had to be replaced by linesman Andrew Laver. Kyle Bennett hit the bar for Rovers during nine minutes of stoppage time.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 16Davies
  • 5Craig
  • 15Kilgour
  • 22Hare
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forBennettat 59'minutes
  • 4Ogogo
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 52mins
  • 11Leahy
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forSmithat 69'minutes
  • 9Clarke-HarrisBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 17Smith
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Bennett
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 31Andre
  • 36Hargreaves

Accrington

  • 1Evtimov
  • 2JohnsonSubstituted forOpokuat 59'minutes
  • 5Sykes
  • 3Hughes
  • 14Francis-AngolSubstituted forSherifat 55'minutes
  • 28ConneelyBooked at 49mins
  • 7Clark
  • 8Finley
  • 10Pritchard
  • 19Bishop
  • 32Charles

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 6Sherif
  • 23Neves Bento De Carvalho
  • 35Simpson
  • 36Opoku
  • 40Savin
  • 42Diallo
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
6,524

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Accrington Stanley 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Accrington Stanley 3.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Josh Hare with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Joe Pritchard (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dion Charles.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett tries a through ball, but Jonson Clarke-Harris is caught offside.

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Pritchard.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sam Finley.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Accrington Stanley 3. Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Accrington Stanley. Dion Charles draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Josh Hare (Bristol Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Clark with a cross.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom Davies.

Booking

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

Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lamine Sherif.

Attempt blocked. Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Tom Nichols.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Jordi van Stappershoef tries a through ball, but Tom Nichols is caught offside.

Foul by Joe Pritchard (Accrington Stanley).

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

Dimitar Evtimov (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt missed. Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jordi van Stappershoef.

Attempt saved. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Accrington Stanley 2. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe7430137615
2Coventry7430138515
3Ipswich64201441014
4Fleetwood7412129313
5Lincoln City7403137612
6Blackpool7331128412
7Doncaster532096311
8Sunderland632198111
9Peterborough6312126610
10Burton631285310
11Rochdale62318539
12MK Dons6303811-39
13Bristol Rovers7223810-28
14Shrewsbury622246-28
15Rotherham521256-17
16Gillingham613211836
17Tranmere6123101005
18Portsmouth51227705
19Accrington6123812-45
20Oxford Utd71241015-55
21Wimbledon7025612-62
22Southend6006417-130
23Bolton5014017-17-11
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