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Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Northampton Town

Doncaster earned consecutive League One wins for the first time this season as they comfortably saw off struggling Northampton.

Veteran midfielder James Coppinger marked his return from injury with a goal before Niall Mason scored his second penalty in as many games to give Rovers a cushion at half-time. Andy Butler made sure of the three points just after the hour mark.

Butler, Ben Whiteman and Tommy Rowe all went close to giving Doncaster the lead before Coppinger did, bundling in from close range in the 33rd minute after John Marquis and Alfie May both had efforts saved.

Northampton were rather toothless throughout but Shaun McWilliams drew a fine low save from Ian Lawlor.

Moments later, Matt Grimes clipped Marquis from behind in the box and Mason drilled home the penalty to make it 2-0 on 43 minutes.

Doncaster were comfortable after the break with Northampton struggling to threaten.

And they put the game to bed in the 66th minute when Butler forced the ball home after a Mathieu Baudry header was cleared off the line.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Lawlor
  • 8Mason
  • 5Baudry
  • 6Butler
  • 20Garratt
  • 12Whiteman
  • 7KongoloSubstituted forBlairat 61'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19MaySubstituted forBeestinat 83'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Mandeville
  • 15Wright
  • 16Houghton
  • 17Blair
  • 22Beestin

Northampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Ingram
  • 2Moloney
  • 26Poole
  • 6Taylor
  • 3Buchanan
  • 17McWilliamsSubstituted forHanleyat 69'minutes
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forMcGuganat 56'minutes
  • 29Grimes
  • 8Foley
  • 9Richards
  • 19LongSubstituted forHoskinsat 56'minutesBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Kasim
  • 7Waters
  • 14Hoskins
  • 20Smith
  • 27Hanley
  • 37McGugan
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
8,032

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 3, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 3, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Raheem Hanley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Garratt (Doncaster Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie Beestin replaces Alfie May.

  13. Post update

    Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Raheem Hanley (Northampton Town).

  17. Post update

    John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Andy Butler.

  19. Post update

    Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan23164349123752
2Shrewsbury23146330141648
3Blackburn23145442202247
4Scunthorpe24136534201445
5Bradford2413383731642
6Peterborough2411584235738
7Portsmouth24122102927238
8Rotherham24113104133836
9Charlton2310673130136
10Oxford Utd248883635132
11Southend248792938-931
12Walsall237973031-130
13Doncaster2486102627-130
14Fleetwood2486103338-530
15Blackpool2477103034-428
16Bristol Rovers2491143341-828
17Gillingham246992326-327
18Oldham2476113846-827
19Plymouth2476112332-927
20MK Dons2468102635-926
21Wimbledon2365121829-1123
22Northampton2465131942-2323
23Rochdale2341092431-722
24Bury2345141935-1617
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