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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Lincoln City

Lincoln pushed 10-man Bristol Rovers further towards relegation from League One with a 1-0 win at the Memorial Stadium.

Anthony Scully's 16th-minute goal was enough for the Imps, who bolstered their play-off credentials with a vital victory after Ed Upson's first-half red card.

Rovers went close inside a minute when Alfie Kilgour's header hit the crossbar, but they were soon behind as Scully linked brilliantly with Brennan Johnson to unlock the defence. The winger finished the chance coolly from a narrow angle.

Joey Barton's side were left with a mountain to climb when midfielder Upson got tangled in a melee with Johnson and Tayo Edun.

The Rovers man had Johnson pinned to the floor before Edun got involved. Referee Will Finnie gave Upson a straight red card nine minutes before the break, while the Lincoln duo received bookings.

Rovers huffed and puffed admirably in the second half, but the chances did not come.

Lincoln should have extended their lead but Morgan Rogers and Callum Morton spurned gilt-edged openings in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 32JaakkolaBooked at 51mins
  • 43Williams
  • 15Kilgour
  • 25Harries
  • 22HareSubstituted forHanlanat 45'minutes
  • 37MartinezSubstituted forBaldwinat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6UpsonBooked at 36mins
  • 14McCormickBooked at 90mins
  • 3LeahyBooked at 52mins
  • 8WestbrookeSubstituted forOztumerat 76'minutes
  • 21Ayunga

Substitutes

  • 9Hanlan
  • 13Day
  • 20Hargreaves
  • 24Tutonda
  • 26Baldwin
  • 28Walker
  • 41Oztumer

Lincoln City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Palmer
  • 2PooleBooked at 90mins
  • 4Montsma
  • 22Eyoma
  • 15Bramall
  • 18McGrandles
  • 7EdunBooked at 37minsSubstituted forJonesat 55'minutes
  • 11ScullySubstituted forSandersat 69'minutes
  • 20JohnsonBooked at 37minsSubstituted forAndersonat 82'minutes
  • 27Rogers
  • 19Morton

Substitutes

  • 6Sanders
  • 8Jones
  • 17Howarth
  • 26Anderson
  • 30Roughan
  • 31Long
  • 33Cann
Referee:
Will Finnie

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Lincoln City 1.

  2. Booking

    Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Lincoln City 1.

  4. Booking

    Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Conor McGrandles (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Morton (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Timothy Eyoma following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jack Baldwin with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Timothy Eyoma.

  11. Post update

    James Jones (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Booking

    Regan Poole (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Regan Poole (Lincoln City).

  16. Post update

    Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Max Sanders (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jack Baldwin replaces Pablo Martinez.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonah Ayunga (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Pablo Martinez.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull422571073334082
2Peterborough412471073393479
3Sunderland411914861342771
4Lincoln City402091162422069
5Blackpool4019111053351868
6Oxford Utd421981566511565
7Portsmouth411981457431465
8Charlton401712115751663
9Ipswich411710144141061
10Doncaster40186165755260
11Gillingham42178175857159
12MK Dons421610165658-258
13Accrington411610155360-758
14Fleetwood411511154435956
15Crewe411510164756-955
16Plymouth421411175167-1653
17Burton411410175464-1052
18Shrewsbury401214144448-450
19Wimbledon411112184863-1545
20Wigan42128224768-2144
21Northampton421010223561-2640
22Rochdale41912205272-2039
23Bristol Rovers42108244065-2538
24Swindon42114274778-3137
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