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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Port Vale

AJ Leitch-Smith
AJ Leitch-Smith has now scored 10 goals for Port Vale this season

AJ Leitch-Smith scored in each half as Port Vale beat Doncaster to move to within three points of the play-offs.

He dinked home a cross from debutant Matthew Kennedy, who had a shot saved by the legs of Thorsten Stuckmann.

Vale weathered an early second-half storm from the home side, but Leitch-Smith doubled their lead, converting at the second time of asking.

Cedric Evina pulled one back towards the end when his cross went straight in, but it was too little too late.

It was a first league defeat in five for Doncaster, who have slipped to 14th in the table.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 12StuckmannSubstituted forMarosiat 48'minutes
  • 38Alcock
  • 2LundSubstituted forLecygneat 63'minutes
  • 4McCullough
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 3Evina
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMandevilleat 74'minutes
  • 8Chaplow
  • 22Grant
  • 11Williams
  • 10Gooch

Substitutes

  • 7Lecygne
  • 9Main
  • 15N'Guessan
  • 17Mackenzie
  • 18Keegan
  • 21Mandeville
  • 23Marosi

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 16Yates
  • 5McGivern
  • 6Duffy
  • 3Dickinson
  • 10Dodds
  • 8O'ConnorSubstituted forInnissat 90+4'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 9KennedyBooked at 70minsSubstituted forFoleyat 74'minutes
  • 15HooperSubstituted forRobinsonat 86'minutes
  • 20Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 2Purkiss
  • 11Foley
  • 17Brown
  • 18Kelly
  • 25Robinson
  • 26Inniss
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
4,799

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Port Vale 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ryan Inniss replaces Michael O'Connor.

Attempt saved. Eddy Lecygne (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers).

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Port Vale 2. Cedric Evina (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left to the centre of the goal.

Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Theo Robinson replaces JJ Hooper.

Attempt missed. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Richard Chaplow (Doncaster Rovers).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Chaplow (Doncaster Rovers).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers).

JJ Hooper (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Liam Mandeville replaces James Coppinger.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Foley replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Port Vale).

Foul by Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Matthew Kennedy (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by James Coppinger.

Attempt blocked. Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers).

JJ Hooper (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers).

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Port Vale 2. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by JJ Hooper.

Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Eddy Lecygne replaces Mitchell Lund.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton27183636211557
2Gillingham28166655352054
3Walsall27158445261953
4Wigan281310545291649
5Coventry28139647301748
6Millwall27134104337643
7Sheff Utd2811984539642
8Peterborough281251153411241
9Southend2711883634241
10Port Vale28117103332140
11Bradford2610882628-238
12Bury27107103640-437
13Barnsley27113134442236
14Doncaster2899103437-336
15Swindon27105124245-335
16Scunthorpe27105123136-535
17Rochdale2697103536-134
18Blackpool2886142735-830
19Chesterfield2893163848-1030
20Shrewsbury2885153347-1429
21Fleetwood2677123335-228
22Oldham27412112740-1324
23Crewe2757152749-2222
24Colchester2857163665-2922
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