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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Coventry City

Coventry City had two men sent off as they crashed to defeat against a Doncaster side who won only their second home game of the season.

Adam Barton and James Maddison were sent off late on for two yellow cards after Rovers were already cruising.

Doncaster took the lead when Harry Forrester's cross was headed home by Andy Butler at the far post.

Forrester then scored an angled second off the far post after exchanging passes with Dean Furman.

Coventry played some excellent football as they battled hard to get back in the game but they never troubled home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Skipper Jim O'Brien hit a good chance wide before the break, but Forrester almost grabbed a third when he grazed the post.

Coventry's hopes of a fightback were ended with the double dismissal of Barton and Maddison, both for fouls, in separate incidents within the space of two and a half minutes.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Dickov on Doncaster v Coventry

"We knew it would be a difficult game, we watched Coventry recently.

"Out of possession I thought the players were excellent again.

"The early goal helped and once we went 2-0 up we were pretty comfortable."

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I felt confident we could come here and win, but when you have as much ball as we had, especially in the first half, we need to create much better opportunities than we did. We need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

"You can't give up the goals we did. We had a plan of how we wanted to play, but losing a goal after two minutes allows them to implement their game plan. It gave them confidence, something they've been lacking at home.

"I'm disappointed for our travelling supporters who came here in their numbers. But the one good thing about this time of year is that it's 48 hours and we've got the chance to put things right again."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 22Wabara
  • 12McCullough
  • 16Butler
  • 17Stevens
  • 4Furman
  • 18Keegan
  • 19WellensSubstituted forDe Valat 78'minutes
  • 10ForresterBooked at 15minsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 86'minutes
  • 9RobinsonSubstituted forMainat 80'minutes
  • 26Coppinger

Substitutes

  • 6McCombe
  • 11Main
  • 13Marosi
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val
  • 32Whitehouse
  • 36McKay

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 22PenningtonBooked at 67mins
  • 4WebsterBooked at 88mins
  • 21Martin
  • 26Haynes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forNoubleat 72'minutes
  • 16BartonBooked at 74mins
  • 27FinchSubstituted forJacksonat 65'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 36MaddisonBooked at 76mins
  • 8Madine

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 6Thomas
  • 10Swanson
  • 12Jackson
  • 19Nouble
  • 20Tudgay
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
6,916

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Reece Wabara.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Andy Webster (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Billy Whitehouse replaces Harry Forrester.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Curtis Main replaces Theo Robinson.

Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Marc replaces Richard Wellens because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to James Maddison (Coventry City).

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

Foul by James Maddison (Coventry City).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Adam Barton (Coventry City).

Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Frank Nouble replaces Jim O'Brien.

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Simeon Jackson replaces Jack Finch.

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Gary Madine (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City22136339211845
2MK Dons21135348192944
3Swindon22135443222144
4Preston22135435201544
5Bradford229673026433
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Rochdale2294939291031
8Notts County218762723431
9Chesterfield228773231131
10Peterborough2293103029130
11Oldham227962933-430
12Port Vale228592931-229
13Doncaster218582327-429
14Fleetwood227692122-127
15Walsall226972022-227
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Scunthorpe217592836-826
18Gillingham226792632-625
19Coventry226792431-725
20Leyton Orient2257102934-522
21Crawley2257102136-1522
22Crewe2264121940-2122
23Colchester2255122740-1320
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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