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Report: Bury 0 Rovers 3

Tony Mowbray's men turn on the style in front of Rovers' biggest away following of the season

18 November 2017

Marcus Antonsson's fine first-half brace set Rovers on their way to three points at Bury, with the visitors running out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Energy Check Stadium.

Bradley Dack was the standout performer on the day, providing both assists for Antonsson's double, before adding a third midway through the second half.

It was a confident display from Rovers throughout, with the team maintaining their impressive record on the road, which has seen them concede just four goals away from home, courtesy of an eighth shutout of the season.

Tony Mowbray made two changes to the side that drew with Fleetwood in the last league outing, with Joe Nuttall - making his first league start for Rovers - and Elliott Bennett coming in for Danny Graham and Craig Conway.

Ben Gladwin and Elliott Ward joined Conway, Harry Chapman and Darragh Lenihan on the sidelines, whilst Corry Evans served a one-match suspension.

The hosts included two former Rovers' Academy products in their lineup in the form of defender Tom Aldred and midfielder Neil Danns.

It was the hosts who had the first real chance of the game after three minutes, but Harry Bunn's strike was comfortable for David Raya in the Rovers goal.

Raya was forced into an even smarter stop to deny Chris Humphrey five minutes later, before Greg Leigh narrowly sent a long-range drive just wide of the post.

Moments later, Rovers took the lead. Antonsson was put through by a neat Dack pass to rifle past Leo Fasan and into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Lovely play from the visitors almost resulted in a second goal, but Fasan was able to get something on Antonsson's attempted dink from close range.

At the other end, Leigh's over-lapping run found fellow wing-back Humphrey at the back post, but he could only hit the side-netting.

Just after the half-hour mark, Peter Whittingham saw his strike whistle just over the upright, as Rovers looked to increase their advantage.

The same duo which earned Rovers the opener struck again eight minutes before half-time as Dack's superb cross was inch-perfect for Antonsson to crash a header off the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.

After the break, Raya was again called into action; pulling off a smart stop to grab substitute Chris Maguire's cross-shot.

Rovers were seeking to make the game safe and Bennett tested Fasan with a dipping half-volley on the hour mark.

But just a minute later that third goal did arrive as Dack got the goal his performance deserved when he took aim and expertly found the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his fifth goal of the season.

The hosts looked to find a response with Callum Reilly firing goalwards, but never troubling Raya in the Rovers goal, with just 15 minutes remaining.

Mowbray gave runouts late on to Rekeem Harper, Dominic Samuel and Graham, as the 3,606 terrific travelling Rovers fans made the short trip back home in good spirits, as their side moved back into the play-off places with a comfortable 3-1 win.

BURY: Fasan, Humphrey (Smith 46), Edwards (c), Aldred, O'Connell, Leigh, Tutte, Reilly, Danns (Maguire 45), Bunn (Sang 85), Ajose.
Subs not used: Moloney, Williams, O'Shea, Ince.

ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham (Harper 77), Bennett, Antonsson (Samuel 81), Dack, Nuttall (Graham 81).
Subs not used: Leutwiler, Wharton, Caddis, Hart.

Goals: Antonsson (13, 37), Dack (63).

Attendance: 7,159 (3,606 away)


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