December 15, 2012
Pirates defeat costs McGhee his job
Manager Mark McGhee was relieved of his duties after Bristol Rovers were thrashed 4-1 by York.
The game was sparked into life with four goals in five frenetic first-half minutes.
York took the lead when Garry Kenneth inadvertently headed past his own goalkeeper after a teasing delivery from the left by Ashley Chambers in the 13th minute.
Just one minute later Rovers' top scorer Tom Eaves found the net with a powerful drive past Michael Ingham.
The hosts were soon back in front as Chambers planted a simple header beyond Sam Walker following a pinpoint Matty Blair delivery.
The goals kept flowing and in the 18th minute York gave themselves a two-goal cushion through Jason Walker. The frontman was teed up by Patrick McLaughlin before volleying across his namesake and into the far corner.
Chambers soon grabbed his second of the game before the break as he outpaced Danny Woodards before lifting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.
It was a fifth defeat in six games for the Pirates and one too many for McGhee.
|York City||Bristol Rovers|
|24 Michael Ingham||28 Sam Walker|
|23 Chris Doig||34 Guy Branston|
|4 Chris Smith||5 Garry Kenneth|
|6 Daniel Parslow||4 Dan Woodards|
|16 Jamal Fyfield||11 Fabian Broghammer|
|8 Scott Kerr||6 Tom Parkes|
|17 Matty Blair||3 James Paterson|
|19 Michael Potts||26 Matthew Lund|
|26 Patrick McLaughlin||7 David Clarkson|
|10 Ashley Chambers||16 Joe Anyinsah|
|9 Jason Walker||32 Tom Eaves|
|1 Paul Musselwhite||Connor Gough 20|
|5 David McGurk||Michael Smith 2|
|12 Lee Bullock||Seanan Clucas 25|
|33 Alex Rodman||Oliver Norburn 15|
|13 Jonathan Smith||Derek Riordan 27|
|27 Tom Allen||Elliot Richards 10|
|7 Jamie Reed||Ellis Harrison 17|
|Jonathan Smith for Patrick McLaughlin (45)||Michael Smith for Dan Woodards (46)|
|Tom Allen for Chris Doig (56)||Seanan Clucas for Matthew Lund (46)|
|Alex Rodman for Ashley Chambers (65)||Elliot Richards for Guy Branston (89)|
|· Squads: York City | Bristol Rovers|