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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Huddersfield Town

David Cotterill

Relegation-battling Doncaster secured their first win in six league games as they beat Huddersfield.

The home side took the lead when a David Cotterill corner was headed down by Gabriel Tamas and Billy Sharp flicked the ball home from close range.

Huddersfield almost equalised but Paul Keegan cleared a header from Anthony Gerrard off the line.

Rovers regained control and extended their lead when Mark Duffy crossed for Cotterill to slot in.

The victory helped Doncaster bounce back from a 5-0 thrashing at Bournemouth in their previous game.

Huddersfield had enjoyed a 5-0 win against Barnsley in their last outing but fell to a seventh defeat in the past 10 games.

The Terriers began strongly but, despite their pressure, it was Doncaster who had the first shot on target when Sharp had a 20-yard effort saved.

Rovers had an appeal for a penalty rejected when Gerrard appeared to push Chris Brown, but they took the lead when Sharp scored on his return to the side after a three-match ban.

Huddersfield hit back towards the interval with Nahki Wells denied by a great tackle from Abdoulaye Meite, before Adam Hammill had a shot saved by the legs of home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Keegan cleared a header from Gerrard off the line before the home team asserted themselves again to take control.

Rovers wrapped up the points when Chris Brown fed Duffy in clever style and the winger crossed for Cotterill to score.

Huddersfield struggled to respond, although substitute Martin Paterson had an angled effort saved as they battled to the finish.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"We owed the fans after the 5-0 defeat against Bournemouth where we let ourselves and them down.

"I said to the players before this game not to leave anything out there and when you have a team willing to run and put their bodies on the line then you are difficult to beat.

"We need to keep our standards high because we know we are capable of beating most teams when we play like that."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"I thought Doncaster were physically stronger and more up for the game and it's embarrassing for me to say that.

"We did have a spell at the start of the game but it didn't last and we didn't look like scoring. We didn't have any teeth - they seemed to want it more.

"We had well over 2,000 supporters here today and we have to do better. Fortunately we've got a game midweek [against Charlton] where we can put it right. The players are capable but we have to do better if we are going to move forwards."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 2Quinn
  • 3Husband
  • 18Keegan
  • 17Tamas
  • 20Méité
  • 7Duffy
  • 19Wellens
  • 10SharpSubstituted forRobinsonat 81'minutes
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 4Furman
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 34Bowery

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 2Woods
  • 3Dixon
  • 8Clayton
  • 39Gerrard
  • 15Wallace
  • 12HammillSubstituted forLolleyat 73'minutes
  • 16Southern
  • 21Wells
  • 4NorwoodSubstituted forScannellat 63'minutes
  • 11WardSubstituted forPatersonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Gobern
  • 13Bennett
  • 17Paterson
  • 18Lolley
  • 27Smith
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
9,305

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern tries a through ball, but Paul Dixon is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

  15. Post update

    Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Billy Sharp.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Husband.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).

  20. Post update

    Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby34187960431761
4QPR33179740261460
5Nottm Forest341413754401455
6Reading3414101052391352
7Wigan321571041301152
8Brighton33131193528750
9Ipswich341212104439548
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds33128134545044
13Middlesbrough341013114337643
14Huddersfield34127154546-143
15Bournemouth33119134351-842
16Sheff Wed33912123940-139
17Bolton34912134650-439
18Birmingham3499163944-536
19Blackpool34811152949-2035
20Doncaster3489173053-2333
21Millwall34710173261-2931
22Yeovil3378183048-1829
23Barnsley33611163156-2529
24Charlton3069152441-1727
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