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Sky Bet League 2

New York Stadium (ATT 6,582) 26th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Webb

Rotherham Rotherham United vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Rotherham 1

C Davis (S/O 45+3)
D Noble (73)

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Bristol R 3

L Brown (pen 43)
E Harrison (52)
J Anyinsah (61)

Pirates win to make the climb

Last Updated: 26/01/13 6:45pm

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Lee Brown: Scored from the spot

Lee Brown: Scored from the spot

Bristol Rovers recorded an emphatic 3-1 victory over 10-man Rotherham to move off the foot of League Two.

The hundreds of Millers fans who helped clear the snow off the pitch spent the final minutes of the first half with their head in their hands as new signing Claude Davis endured a nightmare debut.

The central defender was sent off for two yellow cards in first-half added time having given away the penalty that handed Rovers the lead.

Neither side had managed a shot on target until Davis bundled over Rovers debutant Ryan Brunt and Lee Brown easily beat Andy Warrington from the spot.

Davis, already booked in the 9th minute, then brought Brunt down on the edge of the area and received his marching orders.

Worse was to follow for the home side. 18-year-old substitute Ellis Harrison doubled Rovers' advantage three minutes after his introduction with a solo run down the left which saw him beat off two defenders before sliding the ball home.

And then in the 61st minute Joe Anyinsah repeated the process down the right before beating Warrington with a powerful drive.

It was left to substitute David Noble, a former Bristol City player, to restore a little Rotherham pride in the 73rd minute with his first touch of the ball - a 25-yard power drive - but many of the home fans had already gone.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39