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Tom Hopper’s first-half goal gifted Blues their first win on the road this season…
The number nine’s goal not only got Blues on the scoresheet for the first time in over six years at the Memorial Stadium but also their first win against the Pirates in their last seven attempts in the league.
The suspended Chris Powell made two changes to his side from the midweek clash, with Theo Robinson coming in for Simon Cox and the experienced Michael Kightly coming in for Timothee Dieng.
Blues who were in search of a reaction from Tuesday nights 2-0 defeat to Luton were all over Bristol Rovers from the first whistle.
Powell's side started well and came close to scoring within the first minute following a quick counter-attack from kick-off, but Michael Kightly’s cross was punched away from the high rising Michael Turner.
Up the other end, Bristol had their first chance after Kyle Bennett broke through the midfield and played a through ball to the pacy Stefan Payne but Blues’ skipper Mark Oxley was at hand to stop an early share of spoils for themselves.
Blues had a penalty shout halfway through the first-half when Theo Robinson was brought down in the area but the referee Ross Joyce waved the claims away and gave the hosts a goal-kick.
Powell’s side got their revenge however and went infront just before half-time. Theo Robinson found room to swing the ball into the box from outside the area and the forward’s ball was flicked on by Kightly in the centre of the box leaving the advancing Tom Hopper open to smash the ball home from six-yards out.
The Pirates came out the stronger of the two sides in the second-half and came close to scoring the leveler withing five minutes, but Oxley saved Ollie Clarke’s 20-yard shot with ease.
The hosts kept piling the pressure onto Blues and in an attempt to aid this they brought on their final two subs. Stefan Payne and Tom Nichols both came off for Alex Jakubiak and Gain Reilly.
The Pirates kept pushing and pushing for the equaliser right to the final whistle but their efforts came to nothing as Powell’s solid back four battered away any attempt that came their way.
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