Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0.
Brett Pitman's 75th-minute header earned John Sheridan his first win as Swindon manager as the Robins beat Bristol Rovers 1-0.
A tight affair was settled late on when Pitman guided in Matt Smith's whipped free-kick from the left to give Swindon the local bragging rights.
Both sides had chances to win the game prior to the goal, but the advertising hoardings were bothered more than either goalkeeper.
Jack Payne had a trio of shots dragged wide of the post in the first half, while Brandon Hanlan and Sam Nicholson came close for Rovers, but Paul Tisdale's side stepped it up a notch when they found themselves a goal down.
Chelsea loanee Luke McCormick had a powerful half-volley brilliantly saved by Matej Kovar low to his right and, seconds later, Nicholson guided a header off the far post and wide.
Swindon almost got a second in the last five minutes, but Hallam Hope could only slice his shot high and wide after Pitman's knock down.
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- 16OdimayoBooked at 64mins
- 5GroundsBooked at 62mins
- 17DonohueBooked at 38mins
- 11SmithSubstituted forStevensat 56'minutes
- 18PayneSubstituted forGrantat 71'minutes
- 8PitmanSubstituted forBroadbentat 90+1'minutes
- 25HarriesSubstituted forWestbrookeat 74'minutes
- 6UpsonBooked at 90mins
- 24TutondaSubstituted forKoikiat 87'minutes
- 14McCormickSubstituted forBaldwinat 87'minutes
- 11NicholsonBooked at 78mins
- 1van Stappershoef
- Thomas Bramall
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0.
Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Hallam Hope (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).
Substitution, Swindon Town. Tom Broadbent replaces Brett Pitman.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Mathieu Baudry.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jack Baldwin replaces Luke McCormick.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ali Koiki replaces David Tutonda.
Attempt missed. Hallam Hope (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
Anthony Grant (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Tutonda (Bristol Rovers).
Foul by Jordan Stevens (Swindon Town).
Max Ehmer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Sam Nicholson (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by David Tutonda with a cross.
Attempt saved. Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Sam Nicholson (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Matthew Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Nicholson (Bristol Rovers).