Bristol Rovers 1-2 Scunthorpe United|

Rovers may have perhaps been the better side but ultimately it counted for nothing as Scunthorpe took all three points off them.

The defeat for Rovers saw them slip back into the drop zone and sit 21st in the table, occupying the last relegation place.

The first half began with Rovers starting bright and testing Scunthorpe keeper Jak Alnwick on a few occasions.

A big talking point from the first half was Scunthorpe’s opening goal scored by forward Lee Novak. A cross from the left deflected off Nichols and into Novak’s path and he headed past Jack Bonham to give the visitors the lead.

Rovers suspected that Novak was in an offside position even though there was a deflection and after deliberating with his linesman, the referee gave the goal.

As half-time loomed Rovers look set on going into the second half one goal down but that changed.

A much needed first goal of the season for Rovers’s Liam Sercombe saw Rovers grab an equaliser.

After good build up play, Tom Nichols laid on a beautiful pass for Sercombe who fired in right on half-time.

Then Rovers in the second half were awarded a penalty after Stefan Payne was tripped inside the penalty area.

He managed to get his man and Payne was clipped but did tumble in the box arguably rather theatrically.

The duties from the spot fell to Chris Lines, who has taken many big penalties in the past.

Lines stepped up and his penalty was saved low to the keeper’s right and Rovers blew their big chance to get their noses in front.

Within a minute, Rovers were 2-1 down after former loanee Matty Lund punished them to put ‘Scunny,’ back in front.

He managed to get away from three players and he dinked the ball over Bonham and despite Leadbitter’s best efforts to clear Rovers fell behind.

Whilst Rovers slipped in the drop zone, Scunthorpe claimed a much needed win as they eased their relegation fears by winning for the first time in a very long time.


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