BRISTOL Rovers find themselves within touching distance of a Wembley cup final after beating Port Vale 3-0 on Tuesday night to reach the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Rovers led 1-0 at the break with Ollie Clarke firing them ahead with a fine individual goal on 20 minutes.

Port Vale found themselves down to 10-man on 60 minutes when Conlon was red carded and Rovers wrapped up the quarter-final win with two goals in five minutes from Tom Nichols and Alex Rodman.

Rovers manager Graham Coughlan was impressed with his side’s performance at the Memorial Stadium, which he said was in contrast to their display on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at home to Wycombe.

“I asked for a reaction and each and every one of them reacted,” said Coughlan. “I was impressed with them.

“But I said to them, that is what they can do and play like and they have to bring that to the party more often. That inconsistency has to be abolished as that is what has got us in trouble. If they played like that week-in, week-out we would not be in trouble.”

Meanwhile, Plymouth Argyle continued their improvement with a 2-1 home win over Walsall.

The Pilgrims have now won their last four games to move up to 17th in the League One standings.

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