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Coventry City had two men sent off as they crashed to defeat against a Doncaster side who won only their second home game of the season.

Adam Barton and James Maddison were sent off late on for two yellow cards after Rovers were already cruising.

Doncaster took the lead when Harry Forrester's cross was headed home by Andy Butler at the far post.

Forrester then scored an angled second off the far post after exchanging passes with Dean Furman.

Coventry played some excellent football as they battled hard to get back in the game but they never troubled home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Skipper Jim O'Brien hit a good chance wide before the break, but Forrester almost grabbed a third when he grazed the post.

Coventry's hopes of a fightback were ended with the double dismissal of Barton and Maddison, both for fouls, in separate incidents within the space of two and a half minutes.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We knew it would be a difficult game, we watched Coventry recently.

"Out of possession I thought the players were excellent again.

"The early goal helped and once we went 2-0 up we were pretty comfortable."

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I felt confident we could come here and win, but when you have as much ball as we had, especially in the first half, we need to create much better opportunities than we did. We need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

"You can't give up the goals we did. We had a plan of how we wanted to play, but losing a goal after two minutes allows them to implement their game plan. It gave them confidence, something they've been lacking at home.

"I'm disappointed for our travelling supporters who came here in their numbers. But the one good thing about this time of year is that it's 48 hours and we've got the chance to put things right again."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 22Wabara
  • 12McCullough
  • 16Butler
  • 17Stevens
  • 4Furman
  • 18Keegan
  • 19WellensSubstituted forDe Val Fernandezat 78'minutes
  • 10ForresterBooked at 15minsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 86'minutes
  • 9RobinsonSubstituted forMainat 80'minutes
  • 26Coppinger

Substitutes

  • 6McCombe
  • 11Main
  • 13Marosi
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 32Whitehouse
  • 36McKay

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 22PenningtonBooked at 67mins
  • 4WebsterBooked at 88mins
  • 21Martin
  • 26Haynes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forNoubleat 72'minutes
  • 16BartonBooked at 74mins
  • 27FinchSubstituted forJacksonat 65'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 36MaddisonBooked at 76mins
  • 8Madine

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 6Thomas
  • 10Swanson
  • 12Jackson
  • 19Nouble
  • 20Tudgay
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
6,916

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Reece Wabara.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  7. Booking

    Andy Webster (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Billy Whitehouse replaces Harry Forrester.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Curtis Main replaces Theo Robinson.

  14. Post update

    Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Marc replaces Richard Wellens because of an injury.

  17. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to James Maddison (Coventry City).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Maddison (Coventry City).

  20. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Adam Barton (Coventry City).

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