Bristol Rovers player ratings v Charlton: ‘Flawless’ 9/10 stands out in well-fought win

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Bristol Rovers recorded their first home win since New Years Day, with substitute John Marquis’ second half penalty all that seperated the sides.

Bristol Rovers beat Charlton Athletic 1-0 on Good Friday at the Memorial Stadium thanks to a second-half penalty from former Millwall striker John Marquis.

The 30-year-old scored his 10th goal of the season as Albie Morgan as adjudged to have handled the ball when Lamare Bogarde tried to control the ball. The Gas hadn’t won in front of their home supporters since New Years Day, but rewarded the fans who supported the team from the off. Joey Barton’s side are just four points off of their target of 52 points which would ensure League One football for next season.

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With that being said, here are our player ratings from the win:

James Belshaw - 6

Belshaw had little to do throughout, however made a few inside the Memorial Stadium very nervous with his distribution.

Luca Hoole - 9

The Welshman was flawless throughout, consistently bettering his opposite number Tyreece Campbell in the first half, with the Addicks winger losing out time after time on the right hand side, alongside providing an option going forward. A perfect flick in-field to Bogarde set up his side’s penalty, one of Hoole’s best games in blue and white to date.

James Connolly - 7

Went the closest to an opener for his side in the first half, but his looping header from a corner was never troubling Ashley Maynard-Brewer. Was caught out numerous times trying to bring the ball out of defence, but defended well

Lewis Gibson - 8

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Patrolled his defence well, and was dominant in the air against a Charlton side who had an abundence of corners in the first half

Lewis Gordon - 8

Was a great option down the left, overlapping Scott Sinclair in the first half and providing width when his side went narrower in the second, blocked what looked to be a goal-bound effort from Miles Leaburn late on.

Lamare Bogarde - 7

The Aston Villa loanee’s great first touch led to Morgan handling the ball inside his own box

Grant Ward - 8

Ward battled well in the centre of the park, driving forward and looking to make things happen for his side. With the midfielder’s short-term deal up in the summer, the Gas can do a lot worse than extending this man’s stay in Bristol.

Sam Finley - 7

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The Rovers skipper made his first start in three this afternoon after a bout of illness, his set piece deliveries were dangerous and his leadership credentials showed late on, with his side hanging on to their one-goal lead.

Anthony Evans - 8 (Aaron Collins 60’)

The midfielder was robbed of a goal of the season contender by Maynard-Brewer on the brink of the half time whistle. Evans linked up well with Hoole down the right and was a threat in both boxes, - reguarly tracking back to win the ball back for his side.

Scott Sinclair - 6 (Ryan Loft 60’)

Sinclair struggled to make any real impact on the game and was substituted on the hour mark.

Josh Coburn - 6 (John Marquis 66’)

The majority of the play was to the Middlesbrough loanee’s feet, yet more often than not the striker’s first touch or lay-off to a teammate was not good enough.

Substitutes:

Aaron Collins - 7

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Was bright after coming on from the bench, bringing the ball forward and providing respite to his defence in the latter stages.

Ryan Loft: 7

Like Collins, provided energy in attack and was a nuicense throughout to the Charlton defenders.

John Marquis: 8

Rolled the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards just minutes after coming onto the pitch, the man just loves a goal against Charlton, netting twice in the 2-1 win at The Valley in December.

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