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                                                    Bristol Rovers
                                                    Joe Anyinsah (19 mins)
                                                    Matthew Lund (25 mins)
                                                    2-1
                                                    Plymouth
                                                    Conor Hourihane (62 mins)

                                                    npower League 2 , Jan 1, 2013
                                                    Ground: The Memorial Stadium , Kickoff: 13:00 , Att 7,332

                                                    Team news

                                                    Pirates pair absent for Pilgrims clash Bristol Rovers duo David Clarkson and Jim Paterson have been ruled out of their New Year's Day clash against Plymouth.

                                                    The injured pair were set to miss the trip to Cheltenham on Saturday, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but they will not return against an Argyle side five points ahead of them in npower League Two.

                                                    Paterson has a hamstring tweak while Clarkson's ankle is still swollen and they will be joined in the stands by captain Garry Kenneth who will serve his one-game ban against Carl Fletcher's men.

                                                    Striker Tom Eaves has returned to parent club Bolton after his 93-day emergency loan deal expired on Saturday while right-back Danny Woodards looks set to be given the green light to feature after illness.

                                                    John Ward remains without long-term injury absentees Scott Bevan (wrist), club captain Matt Gill (knee) and Matt Harrold (knee) while defender Adam Virgo and midfielder Matt Lund are also out.

                                                    Pirates' boss John Ward turned down the director of football role at Home Park to become the new manager at the Memorial Ground two weeks ago.

                                                    Plymouth could be without their Boxing Day saviour Tyler Harvey for the trip after he came off on Saturday with a calf injury.

                                                    The 17-year-old youth product's second start for the club against Wycombe ended after 56 minutes when manager Carl Fletcher withdrew the striker, who scored Argyle's late equaliser at Torquay on Wednesday.

                                                    If Harvey does not make it then Warren Feeney or Rhys Griffiths could step into the side while midfielder Mark Molesley, who came on in the 1-0 defeat to the Chairboys, could earn a recall.

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                                                    Last modified 15:15 01/01/13

                                                    Ward registers first Rovers win First-half goals from Joe Anyinsah and Matt Lund gave struggling Bristol Rovers a New Year lift with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth in John Ward's first home game since returning as manager.

                                                    The home side went in front after 19 minutes when Argyle goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin could only palm out an inswinging corner from Fabian Broghammer and Anyinsah fired the ball pack past him with a fierce drive from 12 yards.

                                                    Another Broghammer corner from the opposite left side saw Lund make it 2-0 with a stunning volley after 25 minutes, while all Plymouth could offer in the first half were a couple of off-target headers from Onismor Bhasera and Nick Chadwick.

                                                    The visitors improved after the break and Conor Hourihane shot them back into the game from Durrell Berry's right-wing cross after 62 minutes.

                                                    Hourihane then hit a post with a shot from the edge of the box, but Rovers defended solidly and held out without further alarms.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    Bristol RoversRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    13 Steve Mildenhall
                                                    2 Michael Smith
                                                    6 Tom Parkes
                                                    29 Cian Bolger
                                                    14 Lee Brown
                                                    26 Matthew Lund Goal
                                                    15 Oliver Norburn(sub 72)
                                                    16 Joe Anyinsah(sub 90) Goal
                                                    11 Fabian Broghammer(sub 76)
                                                    32 John-Joe O'Toole
                                                    27 Tom Hitchcock
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    20 Conor Gough
                                                    10 Eliot Richards(sub 76)
                                                    17 Ellis Harrison
                                                    18 Mitch Harding(sub 90)
                                                    25 Seanan Clucas(sub 72)
                                                    30 Tom Lockyer
                                                    33 Alfie Santos
                                                    PlymouthRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    20 Rene Gilmartin
                                                    4 Maxime Blanchard
                                                    2 Durrell Berry
                                                    14 Onismor Bhasera
                                                    17 Curtis Nelson
                                                    3 Robbie Williams(sub 74)
                                                    6 Conor Hourihane Goal
                                                    8 Luke Young(sub 83)
                                                    7 Paris Cowan-Hall
                                                    9 Nick Chadwick
                                                    11 Warren Feeney(sub 77)
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    1 Jake Cole
                                                    10 Rhys Griffiths(sub 77)
                                                    15 Paul Wotton
                                                    16 Jamie Lowry
                                                    19 Joe Lennox(sub 74)
                                                    21 Matt Lecointe
                                                    30 Mark Molesley(sub 83)

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