Bristol Rovers keeper shows off grim gash from tackle that didn’t get a red card

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Bristol Rovers goalkeeper James Belshaw has shown off a grim head gash he sustained from a tackle in his side's draw with Salford City that did not receive a red card.

The 31-year-old received six minutes worth of treatment from medical staff after staying down with a head injury following a collision in the 56th minute.

After receiving treatment, Belshaw was able to continue but was motionless as his side conceded a 95th minute equaliser to draw the match 1-1.

The result leaves Joey Barton's side 14th in League Two after 18 matches, although the Gas are just six points off the play-off places.

Belshaw showed off his nasty injury on his Instagram story after the match with a photo of the cut he sustained to the top of his head, captioned: "Not ideal".

The former Harrogate Town stopper sustained the injury after being kicked in the head while challenging an opposition player.

The linesman's flag was raised late to signal the Salford forward was offside but the referee did not act beyond awarding a free-kick for offside and no cards were shown.

Salford were reduced to nine men during the match, however, with Matthew Willock and Ashley Hunter both shown straight red cards in the 41st and 89th minutes, respectively.

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Belshaw's injury, coupled with a stoppage for a medical emergency in the away end at the Peninsula Stadium, meant that 11 minutes were added on by referee Ben Toner.

This allowed Brandon Asante-Thomas to cancel out Sam Nicholson's 14th minute opener with a goal on the counter attack in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

However, there was still time for more drama as the visitors thought they had retaken the lead with a header in the 10th additional minute, only to be denied by the linesman's flag.

Belshaw, who played the remainder of the match with a bandage round his head, will hope to be passed fit for Saturday's match away to league leaders Forest Green.

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