Bristol Rovers player ratings: three 8/10s given in comeback win v Carlisle United

Matt Taylor's side came from behind to beat bottom of the league Carlisle on Saturday.

Bristol Rovers came from behind to beat Carlisle United in League One at the Memorial Stadium.

Chris Martin and Scott Sinclair both scored brilliant goals for the hosts, meanwhile Josh Vela gave the visitors a surprised early lead in the first-half.

United started the better of the two sides and within a quarter of an hour found themselves ahead. A cleared corner saw Jack Armer put the ball back in the danger area, as Vela found space at the back post, where he smashed the ball home to give Paul Simpson's side a deserved lead.

Harvey Vale looked to equalise for the Gas, as a nice combination between he and Scott Sinclair saw the Chelsea loanee inside the six-yard box, however he was unable to get a clean shot off.

Moments later Luke Armstrong fizzed a shot just wide of Ward's post from outside the box, as Carlisle looked to extend their 1-0 lead.

The visitors pressure continued and on the half hour mark, Taylor Charters found himself with time as he smacked the post form a tight angle, which sent boos around the Memorial Stadium.

However, Matt Taylor's side found themselves level against the run of play. Brown's delightful flick fooled the Carlisle defence, where he turned and ran towards the penalty area finding Martin who was on hand to steer his cross past Harry Lewis.

The second-half started in a similar fashion to the first. A goal mouth scramble following a Carlisle corner saw the ball ricochet like a pinball machine., however Rovers somehow kept the score at 1-1.

It was the Gas who scored the third goal of the game as Sinclair put the hosts ahead in emphatic fashion as he curled the ball past Lewis, which went in off the underside of the cross bar.

Rovers then grew into the match and had chances to extend their lead. Sinclair found himself in some dangerous positions, however was caught offside in a few situations.

Carlisle knocked on the door for an equaliser, which meant the Gas made defensive changes in an attempt to shut up shop. Sam Lavelle had an effort for the visitors at the death of it following a corner, however his chance went whiskers wide of the post.

The full-time finally blew and the victory moved Rovers within 11 points off the play-off places, with 12 games to go. Meanwhile, Simpson's side remained rock bottom of the table, 14 points adrift and destined for League Two football next season.

Here is how the Rovers players faired in their comeback victory at home to Carlisle.

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