Bristol Rovers 3, Torquay United 2: Tom Eaves spares Rovers blushes against 10-man Gulls
Tom Eaves struck the winner with 14 minutes to go as Bristol Rovers survived a resilient Torquay United fightback to win 3-2 at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
Rovers had been leading 2-0 at half-time, but saw their advantage wiped out in the space of six second-half minutes as the 10-man Gulls battled back.
Striker Eaves, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, came to the home side's rescue though, beating United goalkeeper Michael Poke in the 76th minute to give them their third win of the npower League One season.
Eaves had also scored the game's opening goal on the quarter-hour to give the hosts the lead.
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That advantage was doubled two minutes later when Matthew Lund beat Poke from the edge of the box.
Things went from bad to worse for Torquay when Joe Oastler fouled Lee Brown and was sent off for a second bookable offence after half an hour.
But they dug in and goals from Rene Howe and Aaron Downes, in the 53rd and 59th minutes respectively, put them back in contention to claim an unlikely point.
Eaves had other ideas, though, receiving a ball from Brown to net the all-important winner that lifts Rovers six points clear of the drop zone.