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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Rochdale

Alfie May's first goal since late September sealed a third straight victory for Doncaster as they beat Rochdale 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Ben Whiteman also struck early on as Darren Ferguson's side moved into 10th spot.

Rovers took the lead inside four minutes via a quality Whiteman finish from the edge of the box. John Marquis was the instigator, cutting the ball back from the byline for May to lay off to Whiteman, who thumped his effort into the top corner.

Andrew Cannon wasted a glorious chance for Rochdale, prodding Ian Henderson's sublime cross on to the bar and over from just a yard out.

Rovers immediately punished their visitors by going down the other end and doubling their lead after 27 minutes, as May's shot took a wicked deflection off Kgosi Ntlhe and looped over Josh Lillis into the net.

Rovers keeper Ian Lawlor superbly kept out Henderson's effort after the break, and then denied Cannon with his legs, before Henderson shot wide with just the stopper to beat as the hosts sat on their lead.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 8Mason
  • 5Baudry
  • 6Butler
  • 20Garratt
  • 16Houghton
  • 12Whiteman
  • 10Rowe
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forBlairat 60'minutes
  • 19MaySubstituted forMandevilleat 82'minutes
  • 9MarquisBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Mandeville
  • 15Wright
  • 17Blair
  • 21Longbottom
  • 27Ben Khemis

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 6McGahey
  • 29DanielsBooked at 62mins
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 39BunneySubstituted forDaviesat 64'minutesSubstituted forAdsheadat 82'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 18KeaneSubstituted forAndrewat 31'minutes
  • 14Rathbone
  • 27Cannon
  • 40Henderson
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Williams
  • 15Thompson
  • 19Davies
  • 22Moore
  • 25Adshead
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
7,997

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Rochdale 0.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Andy Butler.

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

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Liam Mandeville replaces Alfie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Daniel Adshead replaces Steve Davies.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Davies (Rochdale).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

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

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale).

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Joe Bunney.

Booking

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Donervon Daniels (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Donervon Daniels (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Rochdale).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Matty Blair replaces James Coppinger.

Delay in match John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Lawlor.

Attempt saved. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tyler Garratt (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Rochdale).

goal

As It Stood

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2Shrewsbury23146330141648
3Blackburn23145442202247
4Scunthorpe24136534201445
5Bradford2413383731642
6Peterborough2411584235738
7Portsmouth24122102927238
8Charlton2410773130137
9Rotherham24113104133836
10Doncaster2596102827133
11Oxford Utd248883635132
12Southend248792938-931
13Walsall237973031-130
14Fleetwood2486103338-530
15Blackpool2477103034-428
16Bristol Rovers2491143341-828
17Gillingham246992326-327
18Oldham2476113846-827
19Plymouth2476112332-927
20MK Dons2468102635-926
21Wimbledon2365121829-1123
22Northampton2465131942-2323
23Rochdale24410102433-922
24Bury2345141935-1617
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