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Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Watford

Doncaster celebrate

Billy Sharp's injury-time winner gave Doncaster victory against 10-man Watford at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Watford striker Mathias Ranegie was sent off early on for kicking out at James Husband.

Chris Brown headed Rovers in front and, despite being pegged back by Ikechi Anya's equaliser from Fernando Forestieri's ball, Sharp's late strike secured all three points.

The result takes Doncaster seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Watford are now 10 points off the play-off places.

Alexander Merkel forced a good save out of Doncaster keeper Sam Johnstone in the 16th minute, just two minutes before the dismissal of Ranegie, who appeared to retaliate to a pat on the head from Husband after the pair tangled down the left flank.

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Post-match: Watford coach Alec Chamberlain

Rovers quickly capitalised on the man advantage when James Coppinger's cross was headed in by Brown at the near post.

Troy Deeney latched onto a sloppy backpass from Abdoulaye Meite shortly before half-time but, having rounded Johnstone, he appeared to be bundled over with the goal gaping.

Merkel struck a 20-yard free-kick against the crossbar early in the second half with Deeney diverting the rebound over the crossbar.

And Watford's pressure finally told in the 68th minute when Anya got on the end of Forestieri's scooped pass and slammed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

Rovers fought back well though and had numerous opportunities against their tiring opposition before Sharp stabbed home the decider.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov:

"It was a tough game for us - Watford are a good side and they deserve a lot of credit. They worked their socks off and made it hard for us, although we looked nervy until they scored and I thought we switched off.

"But after they equalised, we got back to doing the right things and to be honest, we should have scored three or four more.

"It was a big win for us, a massive three points, but it is important not to get too carried away with it."

Watford boss Beppe Sannino:

"I am disappointed about the red card as you always have to accept the physical contact on the pitch - I did not like Mathias's reaction.

"I was proud of them, but we are still heading back to Watford with no points.

"We played 10 against 11 for 70 minutes and it was harsh on us not to take anything from the game."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 7Duffy
  • 11Cotterill
  • 3Husband
  • 20MéitéSubstituted forMcCulloughat 45'minutes
  • 2Quinn
  • 18KeeganBooked at 71mins
  • 19WellensBooked at 90mins
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Brown
  • 26CoppingerBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Furman
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 31Stevens
  • 34Bowery

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 21Anya
  • 18Pudil
  • 4AngellaBooked at 30mins
  • 27CassettiBooked at 49mins
  • 12Doyley
  • 28TözsérBooked at 62mins
  • 8MerkelSubstituted forForestieriat 59'minutes
  • 13RanegieBooked at 19mins
  • 9Deeney
  • 7BattocchioSubstituted forFaraoniat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 10McGugan
  • 11Forestieri
  • 19Faraoni
  • 24Woods
  • 29Neill
  • 31Hoban
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
6,581

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Watford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Watford 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni following a set piece situation.

  4. Booking

    Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Booking

    Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Watford 1. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

    James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni replaces Cristian Battocchio.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Keegan.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Bond.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke McCullough with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Bond.

As It Stood

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2Burnley341912354272769
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Brighton34141193728953
8Wigan321571041301152
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn331210113941-246
11Watford341112114941845
12Middlesbrough351014114438644
13Leeds34128144749-244
14Huddersfield34127154546-143
15Bournemouth33119134351-842
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed33912123940-139
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham3499163944-536
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton3069152441-1727
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