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Saturday, 7 December, 2002, 18:05 GMT
Bristol Rovers 1-1 Rochdale

Bradley Allen's first goal for Bristol Rovers kept the West Country club's FA Cup hopes alive after a closely-fought 1-1 draw with Rochdale.

The experienced striker, making only his second substitute appearance, fired home from 10 yards after 73 minutes to earn a replay.

Rochdale had taken an early lead when Clive Platt ran on to a through ball from Lee Duffy to shoot low past Scott Howie after just six minutes.

They should have sewn up the tie but striker Paul Connor shot badly wide after being teed-up by Lee McEvilly.

But a draw was a fair result in a scrappy game in which Rovers improved on a disappointing first-half display which had their fans chanting "what a load of rubbish" at the break.


Bristol Rovers: Howie, Boxall, Plummer, Barrett, Austin, Astafjevs, Hyde, Quinn, Carlisle, Tait, Grazioli. Subs: Allen, Hogg, Bryant, Gall, Clarke.

Rochdale: Edwards, Evans, Jobson, Grand, Duffy, McEvilly, Flitcroft, Melaugh, Doughty, Platt, Connor. Subs: Townson, Gilks, Hill, McCourt, Simpson.

Referee: T Parkes (Birmingham)


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