League One
Southend2Doncaster3

Southend United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers

Grant McCann made a winning start in charge of Doncaster as his side held off a Southend fightback to claim a 3-2 victory at Roots Hall.

Rovers netted three goals in the second half but they were indebted to a fantastic goalkeeping performance from Marko Marosi.

The Slovakian shot-stopper superbly denied both Ben Coker and Simon Cox in a first half dominated by the Shrimpers.

But Rovers took control after the break and opened the scoring in the 51st minute with John Marquis firing home from close range.

Six minutes later, Mallik Wilks sent a 20-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net before a tame Tommy Rowe shot trickled in to make it 3-0 in the 70th minute.

Southend responded with Tom Hopper reducing the arrears in the 75th minute before Marosi again did well to deny both Sam Barratt and Sam Mantom.

The keeper was finally beaten again in the 86th minute when substitute Theo Robinson fired home from close in.

But the Shrimpers were unable to complete a comeback as Doncaster held on for the points.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 26Lennon
  • 6TurnerBooked at 35mins
  • 3Coker
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forBarrattat 65'minutes
  • 4Hyam
  • 18Mantom
  • 7KightlySubstituted forDiengat 73'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forRobinsonat 65'minutes
  • 9HopperBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Bwomono
  • 8Dieng
  • 13Bishop
  • 20Klass
  • 25Barratt
  • 31Robinson
  • 48White

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 2MasonBooked at 57mins
  • 5Wright
  • 6ButlerBooked at 29mins
  • 3AndrewSubstituted forAmosat 66'minutes
  • 8Whiteman
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forBlairat 77'minutes
  • 10RoweBooked at 90mins
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forKiwomyaat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Marquis
  • 7WilksBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 12Anderson
  • 15Kane
  • 17Blair
  • 19May
  • 23Kiwomya
  • 24Amos
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
7,147

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home25
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Doncaster Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Doncaster Rovers 3.

Booking

Tom Hopper (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Hopper (Southend United).

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Sam Barratt (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Tom Hopper (Southend United).

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

Hand ball by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Harry Lennon (Southend United).

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Luke Hyam (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

Foul by Sam Barratt (Southend United).

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Doncaster Rovers 3. Theo Robinson (Southend United) left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Hopper.

Michael Turner (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Sam Barratt (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Sam Mantom (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. Sam Barratt (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Hopper (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Matty Blair replaces Ali Crawford.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 1, Doncaster Rovers 3. Tom Hopper (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Timothee Dieng replaces Michael Kightly.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joe Wright.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 0, Doncaster Rovers 3. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barnsley11004043
2Gillingham11002023
3Doncaster11003213
4Peterborough11002113
5Rochdale11002113
6Scunthorpe11002113
7Sunderland11002113
8Walsall11002113
9Wimbledon11001013
10Bradford11001013
11Portsmouth11001013
12Blackpool10100001
13Wycombe10100001
14Southend100123-10
15Bristol Rovers100112-10
16Burton100112-10
17Charlton100112-10
18Coventry100112-10
19Plymouth100112-10
20Fleetwood100101-10
21Luton100101-10
22Shrewsbury100101-10
23Accrington100102-20
24Oxford Utd100104-40
View full League One table

Top Stories