Paul Coutts at the Mem, Clarke-Harris fans’ reaction and a lap of honour - Bristol Rovers moments missed
Scott Sinclair’s first league goal for Bristol Rovers got them the all important three points at the hands of promotion favourites Peterborough United. The 33-year-old’s goal moved them up to 15th in the league, and ten points above the relegation zone.
It was a great game to watch, with Joey Barton’s side dominating the Posh and we’ve put together some moments you might’ve missed from the game.
Paul Coutts back in the fold
With the Gas captain having been out injured in training before the Plymouth Argyle test, Joey Barton revealed the ex-Sheffield United man had returned to Aberdeen to complete his rehabilitation with his family.
Coutts is now back in Bristol, and was seen making his way to the dugout before the game to take his place alongside the coaches, instead of sitting in the stands like most injured players would do.
Jonson Clarke-Harris’ return
The main talking point before the game was the Posh striker, who left the Gas for the visitors in 2020 for a fee now rumoured to be £2 million after various add ons. The Jamaica international only made the bench, and was greeted by a round of applause when he crossed the pitch before the start of the game.
He also gave a big hug to Rovers’ Alfie Kilgour, with the centre back and goalkeeper now turned coach Anssi Jaakkola being the only two players remaining from his tenure in blue and white.
Three Stadium Walk lap of honour
The members of the Three Stadium Walk that took place last month received a lap of honour at half time. Participants walked from Bath City’s ground, once used by Bristol Rovers, Twerton Park, to the Ikea in Eastville when Rovers’ old ground once stood and then finished at the Memorial Stadium, walking just over 14 miles in total and raising £10,005 for Bristol Rovers Community Trust.
For more information on the event, click here.
Sinclair’s game management
A goal up going into injury time, you would look to your experienced players to get you through the tie. The win against Peterborough was no different with Scott Sinclair taking up the role of time-waster.
The goalscorer won his side numerous corners in injury time, taking the ball into the corner before kicking it off a Posh defender, winning a corner and helping to wind down the last few minutes and secure the win.
It must have also been special for Sinclair, who walked out onto the pitch accompanied by his two children, both sporting ‘Sinclair 7’ shirts.