Leeds earned a rare away win to maintain their top-six challenge with a resounding victory at struggling Doncaster.

Leeds were the better side in the first half and went ahead when Matt Smith headed in Alex Mowatt's free-kick.

Rovers were unlucky not to equalise when Theo Robinson had a goal controversially ruled out for offside.

But Leeds cashed in when Ross McCormack scored against the run of play before he crossed for a Rodolph Austin strike.

The scoreline flattered Brian McDermott's Leeds side after Doncaster dominated the second half, with their disallowed goal a particular frustration.

After losing six of the last seven games away from home in all competitions, it was a vital win for Leeds's promotion ambitions.

Leeds's top scorer McCormack headed over the bar in the 17th minute after Smith had nodded the ball across the face of goal following a corner.

Smith then converted from a floated ball from teenager Mowatt, who was playing against his home-town club.

Eleventh heaven

Ross McCormack has scored 11 goals in his last seven games

Rovers responded when Richie Wellens had a goalbound shot deflected and they had a great chance to equalise in the 44th minute after Robinson had brilliantly controlled a through ball from Wellens but he made a complete hash of the shot and fired high over the bar.

After Smith headed over the top at the other end, Doncaster were on the front foot in the second half, with Wellens twice going close before Robinson's effort was disallowed.

The hosts were stunned when McCormack scored in opportunist style in virtually their first threatening moment of the second half before Austin added insult to injury from McCormack's right-wing cross in the 87th minute.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov on Theo Robinson's disallowed goal:

"I haven't had an opportunity to speak to the referee yet but intend seeking him out for an explanation.

"I've had the benefit of replaying the incident about 20 times on the video and Theo is clearly a yard on side.

"But the late flag has baffled me as much as anything else. It looked as if the linesman thought he was on side but changed his mind when Theo scored.

"It's a massive decision because we were all over them at that stage and had we got a goal it could have changed the course of the game.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott:

"It was a tough game - there's no getting away from that.

"I thought we were good value for the lead in the first half but we just couldn't get out of our half after the interval.

"Doncaster came out in the second half and played really well. We had to change our system to combat that and we did better when Michael Brown came on midway through the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 02 Quinn
  • 31 Stevens Booked
  • 19 Wellens
  • 14 Khumalo
  • 12 McCullough
  • 04 Furman Booked (Duffy - 66' )
  • 17 Woods
  • 09 Brown
  • 10 Macheda (Coppinger - 82' )
  • 22 Robinson

Substitutes

  • 07 Duffy
  • 08 Paynter
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 30 Peterson

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 16 Pugh Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 24 Zaliukas
  • 04 Lees
  • 06 Murphy Booked
  • 08 Austin
  • 44 McCormack (Poleon - 92' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 36 Mowatt (Brown - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Varney
  • 15 Warnock
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 25 Byram
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 12,192

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

2 4

Corners

6 1

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 3.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 3.

90:00 +2:22

Attempt saved. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Ross McCormack.

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

90:00 +0:33

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 3. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

85:55

Offside, Leeds United. Tom Lees tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

84:13

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

82:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger replaces Federico Macheda.

81:35 Booking

Booking Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:24

Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

81:24

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:55

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

80:40 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:34

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:34

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

79:19

Foul by Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers).

79:19

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:57

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Martin Woods.

75:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 2. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

73:37

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Alex Mowatt.

71:53

Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paul Quinn following a set piece situation.

71:40

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:40

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

69:51

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

68:01

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Quinn.

65:46

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Chris Brown tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

65:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy replaces Dean Furman.

62:27

Foul by Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers).

62:27

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:35

Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:35

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

57:44

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

57:43

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Quinn with a cross.

57:16

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:16

Foul by Lee Peltier (Leeds United).

56:20 Booking

Booking Danny Pugh (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

55:24

Attempt saved. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Theo Robinson.

52:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:35

Delay in match Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

51:13

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:13

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

50:10

Attempt missed. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Furman.

45:42

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

45:42

Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 1.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 1.

45:00 +0:31

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

43:04

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Martin Woods.

40:24

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

38:12

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:12

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

37:50

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh.

37:05

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:05

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

32:04

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

31:23

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Danny Pugh.

31:22

Attempt blocked. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Quinn with a headed pass.

30:51

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

30:00

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:00

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

28:42

Attempt blocked. Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bongani Khumalo.

27:30

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

26:42

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:42

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

26:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:50

Delay in match Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) because of an injury.

22:53

Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:53

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

18:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Leeds United 1. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a set piece situation.

18:34 Booking

Booking Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:52

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

17:52

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:10

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:10

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

16:37

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a corner.

16:01

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

10:42

Foul by Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers).

10:42

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:33

Foul by Martin Woods (Doncaster Rovers).

8:33

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:53

Offside, Leeds United. Danny Pugh tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

6:06

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:06

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

4:25

Attempt blocked. Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

3:40

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

3:40

Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:27

Offside, Leeds United. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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