January 1, 2013
Ward registers first Rovers win
First-half goals from Joe Anyinsah and Matt Lund gave struggling Bristol Rovers a New Year lift with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth in John Ward's first home game since returning as manager.
The home side went in front after 19 minutes when Argyle goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin could only palm out an inswinging corner from Fabian Broghammer and Anyinsah fired the ball pack past him with a fierce drive from 12 yards.
Another Broghammer corner from the opposite left side saw Lund make it 2-0 with a stunning volley after 25 minutes, while all Plymouth could offer in the first half were a couple of off-target headers from Onismor Bhasera and Nick Chadwick.
The visitors improved after the break and Conor Hourihane shot them back into the game from Durrell Berry's right-wing cross after 62 minutes.
Hourihane then hit a post with a shot from the edge of the box, but Rovers defended solidly and held out without further alarms.
The result meant four points from Ward's first two games in charge and on this form the experienced manager will inspire Football League survival.
|Bristol Rovers||Plymouth Argyle|
|13 Steve Mildenhall||20 Rene Gilmartin|
|14 Lee Brown||14 Onismor Bhasera|
|11 Fabian Broghammer||17 Curtis Nelson|
|2 Michael Smith||4 Maximo Blanchard|
|29 Cian Bolger||2 Durrell Berry|
|6 Tom Parkes||8 Luke Young|
|32 John-Joe O'Toole||3 Robbie Williams|
|26 Matthew Lund||6 Conor Hourihane|
|15 Oliver Norburn||11 Warren Feeney|
|16 Joe Anyinsah||9 Nick Chadwick|
|27 Tom Hitchcock||7 Paris Cowan Hall|
|20 Connor Gough||Jake Cole 1|
|30 Tom Lockyer||Jamie Lowry 16|
|25 Seanan Clucas||Paul Wotton 15|
|33 Alfie Santos||Mark Molesley 30|
|10 Elliot Richards||Joe Lennox 19|
|17 Ellis Harrison||Rhys Griffiths 10|
|18 Mitch Harding||Matt Lecointe 21|
|Seanan Clucas for Oliver Norburn (73)||Joe Lennox for Robbie Williams (75)|
|Elliot Richards for Fabian Broghammer (77)||Rhys Griffiths for Warren Feeney (78)|
|Mitch Harding for Joe Anyinsah (90)||Mark Molesley for Luke Young (84)|
|Durrell Berry (72)|
|Conor Hourihane (83)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Plymouth Argyle|