Full-time: Accrington Stanley 1 Bristol Rovers 0
A goal by Accrington Stanley striker Padraig Amond at the Crown Ground this afternoon has condemned Bristol Rovers to their second successive defeat.
Amond was on hand to divert a cross past Neil Etheridge from close-range in the 78th minute to end his side's recent four-game losing streak just days after losing manager Paul Cook to Chesterfield.
Mark McGhee, meanwhile, watched on as his side lost their second game on the bounce – even though the performance was nowhere near as bad as the one served up in the 3-1 defeat at Kingsmeadow in midweek.
Rovers were disciplined in terms of shape throughout, but attacking threat was limited in the first half with only pot shots from Tom Eaves and Eliot Richards to show for their efforts.
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The Pirates picked up at the start of the second-half with Fabian Broghammer immediately testing goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin with a effort from outside the penalty area before the stopper had to be on hand to deny Tom Eaves soon after.
That, however, was the real sum total of Rovers' attacking parts – even though McGhee introduced the returning Derek Riordan on the hour mark to try and find some creative spark.
Stanley were little better going forward, although Etheridge had to make good saves to deny Amond and Romuald Boco before the decisive goal was scored, whilst Peter Murphy should have done better with a headed opportunity in the first-half.
Rovers: Etheridge; Lund, Kenneth, Paterson, L Brown; W Brown, Clarkson, Norburn, Broghammer; Eaves, Richards. Subs: Anyinsah, Harrison, Clarke, Clucas, Riordan, Walker, Lockyear.
Accrington Stanley: Dunbavin, Winnard, Liddle, Atkinson, Murphy, Miller, Joyce, Boco, Molyneux, Hatfield, Amond. Subs: Dawber, Nsiala, Dixon, Lindfield, Osawe, Mingoia, Sampson.