March 2, 2013
Pirates too hot for Brewers
Goals from Ryan Brunt, John-Joe O'Toole and Eliot Richards gave Bristol Rovers an emphatic 3-0 victory over League Two promotion-chasers Burton at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers went into the game just three points above the drop zone, but on this showing they should have little trouble surviving having romped past the division's form team, with Albion suffering their first defeat in eight.
Brunt side-footed home a Joe Anyinsah cross from the right to reward a bright Rovers start after just five minutes and the home side could easily have stretched their advantage in the first half.
O'Toole eventually made it 2-0 after 62 minutes, shooting home from six yards following a cross by substitute Ollie Norburn, and Richards was similarly placed to lash home an Ellis Harrison cut back eight minutes later.
Burton goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson made two good saves from Tom Parkes in the space of a few first-half seconds and another Anyinsah cross was just beyond the reach of Brunt.
|Bristol Rovers||Burton Albion|
|13 Steve Mildenhall||13 Stuart Tomlinson|
|14 Lee Brown||24 Ian Sharps|
|29 Mark McChrystal||21 Marcus Holness|
|4 Dan Woodards||20 Anthony O'Connor|
|2 Michael Smith||23 Lee Bell|
|6 Tom Parkes||19 Jacques Maghoma|
|32 John-Joe O'Toole||14 Damien McCrory|
|10 Elliot Richards||8 Robbie Weir|
|16 Joe Anyinsah||30 Michael Symes|
|17 Ellis Harrison||26 Alexander MacDonald|
|26 Ryan Brunt||29 Billy Kee|
|20 Connor Gough||Dean Lyness 16|
|19 Adam Virgo||Andrew Corbett 2|
|21 Clayton McDonald||Alexander Diamond 5|
|3 James Paterson||Jimmy Phillips 17|
|15 Oliver Norburn||Jack Dyer 22|
|34 Oumare Tounkara||Calvin Makongo Zola 10|
|27 Tom Hitchcock||Matthew Paterson 18|
|Oliver Norburn for Joe Anyinsah (25)||Jimmy Phillips for Jacques Maghoma (62)|
|Oumare Tounkara for Ryan Brunt (60)||Calvin Makongo Zola for Billy Kee (63)|
|James Paterson for Ellis Harrison (82)||Jack Dyer for Robbie Weir (72)|
|Tom Parkes (59)||Lee Bell (90)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Burton Albion|