Doncaster 2-0 Blackburn

Doncaster v Blackburn

Newly promoted Doncaster Rovers earned a deserved victory against Blackburn Rovers, their first league win since returning to the Championship.

New signing Theo Robinson headed in James Husband's right-wing free-kick to put the hosts ahead.

Blackburn increased the pressure with Chris Taylor heading their best chance across the face of the Doncaster goal.

But Husband secured the win when his mis-hit cross from the left went over goalkeeper Jake Kean and into the net.

Doncaster, who clinched promotion by winning League One on a dramatic final day of last season, lost 3-1 in their opening fixture against Blackpool and had not played in 10 days because of Wigan's involvement in the Community Shield.

And the free weekend certainly worked in Doncaster's favour as they saw off a lacklustre Blackburn side, which contained several players who had been away on international duty.

The Lancashire club are still searching for their first win of the season, having drawn 1-1 in their opener at Derby County before succumbing to a last-minute 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.

Paul Dickov's home team started confidently, moving the ball quickly when in possession and pressuring their opponents into mistakes without it, and deservedly led through Robinson's opener.

Robinson, who signed from Championship rivals Derby County on Thursday, escaped his marker to head past Blackburn goalkeeper Kean, who had earlier denied Doncaster trio Chris Brown, David Cotterill and Robinson in quick succession.

Blackburn struggled to find their rhythm in the final third and only threatened when Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes rounded home keeper Ross Turnbull before drilling wide.

But Gary Bowyer's men started the second half with renewed purpose and should have levelled within seconds of the restart when Taylor headed off target from inside the six-yard box.

They continued to pile the pressure before the hour mark, with two efforts from England Under-21 midfielder Jason Lowe being blocked by Bongani Khumalo and a vociferous penalty appeal for handball against Brown being turned down by referee Geoff Eltringham.

And they were left ruing their inability to force a leveller when Husband sealed victory for Paul Dickov's side against the run of play with his spectacular, if rather fortunate strike.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

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Paul Dickov: Doncaster boss on Blackburn win

"For the majority of the game we were excellent - with and without the ball.

"It was fantastic getting three points and winning at home, but also to keep a clean sheet. Defensively we were solid.

"The longer you go without winning people start to panic so from my point of view, and the players' point of view, it was important to get three points at home in front of the fans. But I still think we can improve."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We played particularly well with the ball in the first half and particularly for long periods in the second half.

"Their first goal was clearly offside. We scored a good goal in the first half which wasn't offside and the second goal was either outstanding or a fluke. I think it was a fluke.

"I'm disappointed by the result and the manner of the goals we conceded.

"Turning things around is about producing chances, converting them and sticking together. People can see our style of play is good; we just need to go a goal up or get a refereeing decision, then we will see more confidence."

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