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Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Charlton Athletic

Doncaster Rovers celebrate against Charlton

Doncaster Rovers moved four points clear of the Championship relegation zone after easing to a dominant win against 10-man Charlton Athletic.

Rovers were already a goal up thanks to Abdoulaye Meite's tap-in when Addicks full-back Lawrie Wilson was dismissed after conceding a first-half penalty.

Chris Brown doubled his side's lead from the subsequent spot-kick.

And struggling Charlton's defeat was sealed when the outstanding Mark Duffy curled in after the break.

The result means Chris Powell's side, who remain in the bottom three, are without a league win in 2014. Doncaster, meanwhile, have taken seven points from their past three matches.

Rovers' superior form was apparent in a crucial 10-minute spell which began with defender Meite scrambling home his first goal for Paul Dickov's side after Ben Alnwick saved from Duffy.

And the match soon slipped away from the Addicks as Wilson was sent off for upending Billy Sharp from behind in the box, with Brown sending Alnwick the wrong way from 12 yards.

Rovers were already firmly in control by the time Duffy's measured strike from just inside the area sealed a victory that saw them continue their climb away from danger.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov:

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Post-match: Doncaster boss Paul Dickov

"I thought for the first 30 to 35 minutes we were fantastic, but I had a go at them at half-time as I thought the last 10 minutes were really sloppy and we dropped our standards.

"We were showboating a little bit - we are at our best when we play two-touch and at a high tempo. Second half I thought we were better, but there were times when our all retention wasn't great. But it's another three points and a big three points.

"That was massive - it doesn't take a rocket scientist, but if you keep a clean sheet then you're going to pick up at least a point and I thought defensively we were solid."

Charlton boss Chris Powell:

"Doncaster were on it from the start and we didn't get going at all. When we went a goal down, then 2-0 down with a man sent off, it was going to be a long road for us.

"We have some tough games recently and although we huffed and puffed, we just never got ourselves going.

"I think most referees in that position would have given it [the penalty]. I don't think Lawrie got the ball and he had a decision to make and he made it."+

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Turnbull
  • 17TamasSubstituted forQuinnat 77'minutes
  • 3Husband
  • 18Keegan
  • 14Khumalo
  • 20Méité
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19Wellens
  • 10SharpSubstituted forCotterillat 77'minutes
  • 9BrownSubstituted forPetersonat 89'minutes
  • 7Duffy

Substitutes

  • 2Quinn
  • 4Furman
  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 30Peterson
  • 31Stevens

Charlton

  • 12Alnwick
  • 31Lennon
  • 3EvinaSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 23WilsonBooked at 35mins
  • 8StephensBooked at 75minsSubstituted forAjdarevicat 79'minutes
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forHarriottat 76'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 4Jackson

Substitutes

  • 7Green
  • 10Sordell
  • 11Harriott
  • 15Wood
  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 35Pigott
  • 42Ajdarevic
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
7,289

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home20
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but James Coppinger is caught offside.

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alex Peterson replaces Chris Brown.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott tries a through ball, but Astrit Ajdarevic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross.

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

Foul by Harry Lennon (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Astrit Ajdarevic replaces Dale Stephens.

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Quinn replaces Gabriel Tamas.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces Simon Church.

Booking

Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

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

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

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

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

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers).

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt blocked. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Sharp with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 3, Charlton Athletic 0. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Keegan.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross.

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but James Coppinger is caught offside.

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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3Burnley271410339201952
4Derby28156754371751
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading28128844331144
7Ipswich28101084032840
8Brighton27101073023740
9Blackburn2810993535039
10Middlesbrough2891094135637
11Wigan2610792826237
12Leeds27106113636036
13Huddersfield2797113633334
14Bournemouth2797113446-1234
15Blackpool2889112739-1233
16Watford2571083631531
17Birmingham2778123134-329
18Bolton27610113244-1228
19Doncaster2877142644-1828
20Sheff Wed2651293334-127
21Millwall2768132851-2326
22Charlton2659122234-1224
23Barnsley2649132544-1921
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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