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Doncaster 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Chris Brown

Doncaster moved further away from the relegation zone with a South Yorkshire derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Chris Brown scored the only goal of the game with a tap-in after 32 minutes to take Rovers eight points clear of the bottom three.

Wednesday's Leon Best, who had missed a chance before Brown's goal, saw his header saved well by Sam Johnstone in the second half.

David Cotterill almost sealed the win for Rovers late on.

Doncaster are now unbeaten in four games and have won their last five meetings with the Owls, a run going back to November 2008.

The Owls came into the game on the back of a 4-1 win over Birmingham and 3-0 success over QPR and they started brightly against their rivals, with Best missing a sitter from close range.

James Coppinger had a chance for Doncaster but shot straight at Chris Kirkland before the hosts took the lead. Billy Sharp's shot was saved by Kirkland and Brown tapped in the rebound.

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Post-match: Wednesday boss Gray

In the second half, Johnstone pulled off a save from Chris Maguire, before Kirkland denied Cotterill at the other end.

Johnstone kept out Best's flicked header and Sam Hutchinson then headed over from a corner as the Owls looked for a leveller.

But it never came and Cotterill's late free-kick had to be tipped past by Kirkland to prevent a 2-0 scoreline.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"I thought our togetherness and character ran right through the team.

"It wasn't the best we've played, by any means, but sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and dig out a result. The boys were fantastic.

"Sometimes it's even sweeter when you get the points through sheer hard work and determination."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"It was the sort of game where the first goal would probably end up defining the game.

"We thought Chris Brown was offside for their goal. Maybe they got a lucky break there but far too many of our boys had an off day.

"Our final ball was really poor. The quality on the ball let us down.

"We said 'go again' after beating Queens Park Rangers but it was probably a game too far for us."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 26Coppinger
  • 3Husband
  • 18Keegan
  • 20Méité
  • 2Quinn
  • 7Duffy
  • 19Wellens
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 1Turnbull
  • 4Furman
  • 12McCullough
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 31Stevens
  • 35Ferguson

Sheff Wed

  • 1Kirkland
  • 2Buxton
  • 17Helan
  • 22PalmerSubstituted forJohnsonat 75'minutes
  • 8Onyewu
  • 36Loovens
  • 25LaverySubstituted forHutchinsonat 50'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 20Lee
  • 42Best
  • 34NuhiuSubstituted forAfobeat 63'minutes
  • 18Maguire

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 14Coke
  • 19Mattock
  • 26Martinez
  • 28Afobe
  • 32Llera
  • 41Hutchinson
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
12,609

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Booking

    Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Post update

    James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Post update

    Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

    Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester36256569343581
2Burnley372113362313176
3Derby37199965432266
4QPR37199946321466
5Wigan361881050351562
6Reading3716111058421659
7Nottm Forest37141585546957
8Brighton361511103930956
9Ipswich371412114842654
10Blackburn361311124445-150
11Bournemouth371310144552-749
12Watford3612121253431048
13Leeds36138155052-247
14Middlesbrough371015124541445
15Sheff Wed371112144643345
16Huddersfield37128174751-444
17Bolton37914144854-641
18Blackpool371011163252-2041
19Doncaster371010173354-2140
20Birmingham37910184453-937
21Charlton34711162544-1932
22Millwall37711193364-3132
23Yeovil37710203557-2231
24Barnsley36611193163-3229
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