League One
DoncasterDoncaster Rovers1Port ValePort Vale3

Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Port Vale

Port Vale's Ben Williamson
Williamson is already on track to beat last season's goal tally of six

Port Vale followed up their impressive League Cup win over Hartlepool with a superb victory at Doncaster.

Ben Williamson hit a hat-trick in Tuesday's 6-2 win and he gave his side the lead again with a header after Chris Lines's shot was saved.

Tom Pope rifled in his fourth goal in two games before Carl Dickinson hammered home to make it 3-0.

Kyle Bennett pulled one back with a 20-yard shot 15 minutes from time but it was too little too late for Rovers.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"In the first half we didn't get started. Port Vale were better then us, it's as simple as that.

"The manner we lost the goals with two corners and a throw-in is really poor from our point of view. People have designated roles in the team, they didn't fulfil that and you get punished for it.

"We can't start games like that, as good as the players have been over the first two games."

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Steer
  • 22Wabara
  • 5Jones
  • 12McCullough
  • 3Evina
  • 26Coppinger
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forDe Val Fernandezat 45'minutes
  • 18Keegan
  • 10ForresterBooked at 79mins
  • 14TysonSubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes
  • 11MainSubstituted forBennettat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Robinson
  • 13Marosi
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 23Bennett
  • 30Askins
  • 32Whitehouse

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Johnson
  • 21Veseli
  • 6Duffy
  • 5McGivern
  • 3Dickinson
  • 7BirchallSubstituted forDoddsat 80'minutes
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 10Lines
  • 20Marshall
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forJenningsat 75'minutes
  • 11Pope

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Robertson
  • 8Dodds
  • 14Daniel
  • 17Brown
  • 18Jennings
  • 22Lloyd
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
6,437

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Port Vale 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Port Vale 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bennett (Doncaster Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Steven Jennings (Port Vale).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marc (Doncaster Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Chris Birchall.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Michael O'Connor.

  20. Dismissal

    Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the red card.