Bristol Rovers picked up their third win in four games to lift them off the bottom of the League Two table for the first time in three weeks.

New signing Ryan Brunt, who had recently joined from Stoke City, was handed his Pirates debut, while Claude Davis had a debut to forget for Rotherham, after he was booked, conceded a penalty and was sent off, all in the first half.

Rovers opened the scoring shortly before the break, when Lee Brown converted the spot kick awarded when Davis brought down Brunt in the area. Five minutes later Davis was gone for a second bookable offence when he brought down Eliot Richards, having previously been booked for a foul on Brunt after just nine minutes of the match.

Ellis Harrison scored his first goal in senior football just two minutes after being brought on as a substitute for Richards, a spectacular effort that saw him slot home after receiving the ball in his own half and bursting through the Rotherham back line, before Joe Anyinsah made it 3–0 just after the hour mark.

Substitute David Noble grabbed a consolation goal for Rotherham just a minute after coming on, but Rovers ended the game as deserved winners.

Match detailsEdit

Rotherham United Rotherham United 1–3 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Noble (73) (0–1 HT) Brown (pen 43)
Harrison (52)
Anyinsah (61)
Venue: New York Stadium – KO: 26 January 2013 @ 1500
Attendance: 6,582 – Referee: David Webb
21 Andy Warrington 13 Steve Mildenhall
2 Dale Tonge 2 Michael Smith
Yellow Red 3 Claude Davis 6 Tom Parkes
6 Johnny Mullins 29 Mark McChrystal
33 Liam Ridehalgh 14 Lee Brown Ball
4 Kári Árnason 16 Joe Anyinsah Ball Sub-off
10 Michael O'Connor 15 Oliver Norburn
15 Ben Pringle 25 Seanan Clucas
Sub-off 27 Lee Frecklington 32 John-Joe O'Toole Yellow
Sub-off 9 Alex Revell 26 Ryan Brunt Sub-off
Sub-off 17 Daniel Nardiello 10 Eliot Richards Yellow Sub-off
30 Tony Thompson (GK) 20 Conor Gough (GK)
11 Adam Morgan 4 Danny Woodards Sub-on
Sub-on 16 Kayode Odejayi 7 David Clarkson Sub-on
Sub-on Ball 19 David Noble 11 Fabian Broghammer
22 Kieran Agard 17 Ellis Harrison Sub-on Ball
Sub-on 31 Courtney Cameron 21 Clayton McDonald
35 Daniel Kearns 27 Tom Hitchcock


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