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Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Morecambe

League Two leaders Doncaster failed to win for the first time in 2017 after being held to a draw by battling Morecambe.

Lacking their usual high tempo, Rovers were made to work by a Morecambe outfit full of industry and endeavour.

Peter Murphy put the visitors in front before in-form John Marquis levelled after the break.

Both sides had goals ruled out for offside in the early stages, with Andy Williams and Michael Rose netting for the hosts and visitors respectively.

There was no doubt as Morecambe took a surprise lead after 24 minutes. A scruffy first touch for skipper Murphy worked in his favour, presenting him with space to curl a fine effort past Ian Lawlor.

Doncaster emerged for the second half with more urgency and James Coppinger curled wide from 20 yards before Conor Grant clipped a free-kick over the crossbar.

Rovers finally levelled after 56 minutes when Marquis deftly side-footed home from 12 yards.

Doncaster looked the more likely to grab a winner and Marquis drilled wide from 25 yards with their best effort, but Lawlor had to be alert to keep out a late shot from substitute Rhys Turner to keep the scores level.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 38Lawlor
  • 17Blair
  • 5BaudryBooked at 85mins
  • 6ButlerBooked at 51mins
  • 24MasonBooked at 66mins
  • 16HoughtonSubstituted forMiddletonat 90+2'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 10Rowe
  • 25Grant
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forMandevilleat 66'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Alcock
  • 14Middleton
  • 15Wright
  • 18Keegan
  • 19Mandeville
  • 23Beestin

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 5EdwardsBooked at 75mins
  • 4Kenyon
  • 16Whitmore
  • 3McGowanSubstituted forDuckworthat 85'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 15WildigSubstituted forEvansat 72'minutes
  • 24Rose
  • 10Molyneux
  • 11Ellison
  • 7MullinSubstituted forTurnerat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wakefield
  • 12Nizic
  • 14Conlan
  • 18Turner
  • 19Duckworth
  • 21Evans
  • 27Jordan
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
6,096

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Morecambe 1.

Foul by Harry Middleton (Doncaster Rovers).

Antony Evans (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers).

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Middleton replaces Jordan Houghton.

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

Foul by Antony Evans (Morecambe).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Attempt missed. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Michael Rose (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Michael Duckworth replaces Aaron McGowan.

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers).

Michael Rose (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Alex Kenyon.

Attempt missed. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Lee Molyneux.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Turner replaces Paul Mullin.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Antony Evans replaces Aaron Wildig.

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

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Wildig.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Liam Mandeville replaces Andy Williams.

Booking

Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Ellison.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Alex Whitmore.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Morecambe 1. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Coppinger.

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

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

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

Attempt saved. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster29195559352462
2Plymouth28183745301557
3Carlisle291313351391252
4Exeter291531148291948
5Luton291210742281446
6Wycombe2813783732546
7Portsmouth28136940281245
8Mansfield29111083330343
9Colchester2811894235741
10Barnet29101183840-241
11Grimsby29117113634240
12Cambridge28116113632439
13Stevenage29123144447-339
14Blackpool27910839281137
15Yeovil2999113136-536
16Crawley27105123342-935
17Morecambe2695123344-1132
18Hartlepool29710123748-1131
19Accrington2778122635-929
20Cheltenham29611123242-1029
21Crewe29611122643-1729
22Notts County2975173053-2326
23Leyton Orient2874172943-1425
24Newport2858153347-1423
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