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2011–12 matches
League Two
TeamHomeAway
Accrington5–11–2
AFC Wimbledon1–03–2
Aldershot0–10–1
Barnet0–20–2
Bradford2–12–2
Burton7–11–2
Cheltenham1–32–0
Crawley0–01–4
Crewe2–50–3
Dag & Red2–00–4
Gillingham2–21–4
Hereford0–02–1
Macclesfield0–00–0
Morecambe2–13–2
Northampton2–12–3
Oxford0–00–3
Plymouth2–31–1
Port Vale0–3 0–1
Rotherham5–21–0
Shrewsbury1–00–1
Southend1–01–1
Swindon1–10–0
Torquay1–22–2
FA Cup
TeamH/A
Corby TownH3–1
AFC TottonA6–1
Aston VillaH1–3
League Cup
TeamH/A
WatfordH1–1
Leyton OrientA2–3
League Trophy
TeamH/A
WycombeA1–3

A third straight defeat for Rovers heaped more pressure on under-threat manager [[Paul Buckle. It had now been over two months since The Pirates' last league win and patience was growing short among the fans and the board. It later turned out that this would be Buckle's penultimate game as Bristol Rovers manager before being relieved of his duties in early January 2012.

The Crewe lineup included former Rovers shot stopper Steve Phillips in goal, meanwhile Rovers named Oliver Norburn on the bench for what would be his final game before returning to Leicester City on expiry of his loan deal. Lance Cronin got his first taste of competitive action as a Bristol Rovers player when he replaced Scott Bevan at half time due to injury.

It took Crewe just 68 seconds to take the lead, when AJ Leitch-Smith put the ball past Bevan. Matt Harrold grabbed an equaliser for The Gas, but an own goal by Cian Bolger and goals from Nick Powell and David Artell gave The Railwaymen a 4–1 lead at the break. After making a triple substitution at half time, Rovers reduced their deficit to two goals when Scott McGleish scored two and a half minutes into the second half, but Crewe sealed their victory with an injury time strike from Nick Powell.

Match detailsEdit

Bristol Rovers2–5Crewe Alexandra
Harrold (9)
McGleish (48)
(1–4 HT)Leitch-Smith (2)
Bolger (27 og)
Powell (33, 90+3)
Artell (44)
at The Memorial Stadium attendance: 5,037
Lineups
Sub-off 1 Scott Bevan 1 Steve Phillips
4 Danny Woodards 2 Matthew Tootle Yellow
Red ball 5 Cian Bolger 3 Harry Davis
Sub-off 15 Byron Anthony 5 David Artell Ball
Yellow 3 Gary Sawyer 6 Adam Dugdale
Sub-off 16 Joe Anyinsah 4 Ashley Westwood Yellow
Yellow 6 Craig Stanley 7 Lee Bell Sub-off
34 Andy Dorman 11 Byron Moore
Yellow 11 Mustapha Carayol 28 Jamie Lowry
Ball 9 Matt Harrold 10 AJ Leitch-Smith Ball Sub-off
26 Chris Zebroski 25 Nick Powell Ball Ball
Substitutes
Sub-on 25 Lance Cronin (GK) 13 Alan Martin (GK)
Sub-on Ball 10 Scott McGleish 8 Luke Murphy Sub-on
Sub-on 14 Lee Brown 17 Kelvin Mellor
18 Eliot Richards 19 Max Clayton
33 Oliver Norburn 27 Wes Fletcher Sub-on

TimelineEdit

  • Ball 2 mins: Goal for Crewe scored by AJ Leitch-Smith
  • Ball 9 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Matt Harrold
  • Yellow 23 mins: Mustapha Carayol booked for a foul on Lee Bell
  • Red ball 27 mins: Goal for Crewe scored by Cian Bolger (own goal)
  • Ball 33 mins: Goal for Crewe scored by Nick Powell
  • Ball 44 mins: Goal for Crewe scored by David Artell
  • Sub-onSub-off 46 mins: Lee Brown, Scott McGleish and Lance Cronin replaced Byron Anthony, Joe Anyinsah and Scott Bevan
  • Ball 48 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Scott McGleish
  • Yellow 50 mins: Craig Stanley booked
  • Yellow 75 mins: Ashley Westwood booked
  • Sub-onSub-off 80 mins: Wes Fletcher replaced AJ Leitch-Smith
  • Sub-onSub-off 83 mins: Luke Murphy replaced Lee Bell
  • Yellow 88 mins: Matthew Tootle booked for timewasting
  • Yellow 90 mins: Gary Sawyer booked for a foul on Matthew Tootle
  • Ball 90+3 mins: Goal for Crewe scored by Nick Powell

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