Rovers failed to progress beyond the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy for the third straight season, thanks to a 2–1 defeat to local rivals Bristol City screened live on Sky Sports.

The Robins took the lead early in the game through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, and although they found themselves under pressure for long spells in the first half, Rovers managed to avoid conceding any further goals before the break.

The Pirates were much improved in the second half, and Mark McChrystal's first goal for Bristol Rovers levelled the scores. A superb strike from Bristolian Joe Bryan fourteen minutes from time proved to be the decider, leaving the red side of the city to go home happy.

Match detailsEdit

Bristol City Bristol City 2–1 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Emmanuel-Thomas (12)
Bryan (76)
(1–0 HT) McChrystal (59)
Venue: Ashton Gate – KO: 4 September 2013 @ 1945
Attendance: 17,888 – Referee: Simon Hooper
13 Elliot Parish 1 Steve Mildenhall
2 Brendan Moloney 2 Michael Smith
5 Aden Flint 6 Tom Parkes
22 Nicky Shorey 29 Mark McChrystal Ball
Yellow 24 James O'Connor 14 Lee Brown
11 Scott Wagstaff 30 Tom Lockyer
Sub-off 14 Bobby Reid 15 Oliver Norburn
Ball Sub-off 15 Joe Bryan 32 John-Joe O'Toole
Yellow 21 Marlon Pack 17 Ellis Harrison
Ball 10 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 7 David Clarkson Yellow Sub-off
Sub-off 23 Marlon Harewood 9 Matt Harrold Sub-off
1 Frank Fielding (GK) 20 Conor Gough (GK)
Sub-on 6 Louis Carey 5 Garry Kenneth
Sub-on 9 Sam Baldock 8 Matt Gill
Sub-on 16 Jordan Wynter 26 Ryan Brunt Sub-on
28 Stephen McLaughlin 33 Alefe Santos Sub-on


  • Ball 12 mins: Goal for Bristol City scored by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
  • Yellow 41 mins: David Clarkson booked for diving
  • Yellow 55 mins: James O'Connor booked for a foul on David Clarkson
  • Yellow 59 mins: Marlon Pack booked for a foul on Oliver Norburn
  • Ball 59 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Mark McChrystal
  • Sub-onSub-off 69 mins: Sam Baldock replaced Marlon Harewood
  • Ball 76 mins: Goal for Bristol City scored by Joe Bryan
  • Sub-onSub-off 80 mins: Ryan Brunt replaced Matt Harrold
  • Sub-onSub-off 81 mins: Alefe Santos replaced David Clarkson
  • Sub-onSub-off 88 mins: Louis Carey replaced Joe Bryan
  • Sub-onSub-off 90+5 mins: Jordan Wynter replaced Bobby Reid

2013–14 matches
League Two
Home 1–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 3–2
Away 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1
FA Cup Capital One Cup Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Rnd1 Rnd1 Rnd1sw
Team TeamWAT TeamBRC
Res Res1–3 Res1–2

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