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Rovers were eliminated at the first round stage of the League Cup by a 3–1 scoreline for the second year running, this time by Watford, having lost by the same scoreline at Ipswich Town's Portman Road a year earlier.

Ongoing injury problems at the club meant that John Ward was unable to fill the substitutes bench for the second game running, and The Pirates found themselves outclassed by a team that play their football two divisions above them. The visitors were three goals up inside 35 minutes, thanks to two goals from Sean Murray and one from Gabriele Angella, before Eliot Richards scored what would prove to be a consolation goal shortly before half time.

Match detailsEdit

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers 1–3 Watford Watford
Richards (41) (1–3 HT) Murray (18, 35)
Angella (30)
Venue: The Memorial Stadium – KO: 6 August 2013 @ 1945
Attendance: 4,875 – Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Lineups
1 Steve Mildenhall 30 Jonathan Bond
2 Michael Smith 2 Reece Brown
6 Tom Parkes 4 Gabriele Angella Ball Sub-off
29 Mark McChrystal 6 Joel Ekstrand
Sub-off 30 Tom Lockyer 18 Daniel Pudil Yellow
14 Lee Brown 19 Marco Faraoni Sub-off
15 Oliver Norburn 7 Cristian Battocchio Sub-off
32 John-Joe O'Toole 16 Sean Murray Ball Ball
17 Ellis Harrison 28 Connor Smith
Sub-off 7 David Clarkson 15 Javier Acuña
Ball Sub-off 10 Eliot Richards 20 Diego Fabbrini Yellow
Substitutes
20 Conor Gough (GK) 1 Manuel Almunia (GK)
Sub-on 18 Mitch Harding 11 Fernando Forestieri
Sub-on 31 Shaquille Hunter 12 Lloyd Doyley Sub-on
Sub-on 33 Alefe Santos 22 Almen Abdi Sub-on
34 Pat Keary 26 Bernard Mensah
35 Josh Southway 27 Marco Cassetti Sub-on
  32 Luke O'Nien

TimelineEdit

  • Ball 18 mins: Goal for Watford scored by Sean Murray
  • Ball 30 mins: Goal for Watford scored by Gabriele Angella
  • Ball 35 mins: Goal for Watford scored by Sean Murray
  • Ball 41 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Eliot Richards
  • Yellow 45+1 mins: Diego Fabbrini booked
  • Sub-onSub-off 46 mins: Lloyd Doyley replaced Gabriele Angella
  • Sub-onSub-off 53 mins: Marco Cassetti replaced Marco Faraoni
  • Sub-onSub-off 68 mins: Alefe Santos replaced David Clarkson
  • Sub-onSub-off 73 mins: Almen Abdi replaced Cristian Battocchio
  • Sub-onSub-off 74 mins: Mitch Harding replaced Tom Lockyer
  • Yellow 75 mins: Daniel Pudil booked
  • Sub-onSub-off 81 mins: Shaquille Hunter replaced Eliot Richards
2013–14 matches
League Two
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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
H/A H/AH H/AA
Res Res1–3 Res1–2

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