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Doncaster Rovers 5-0 Rochdale

Doncaster started 2019 in fine style as they thumped Rochdale 5-0 to power back into League One's top six.

First half goals from Alfie May, Ali Crawford and John Marquis set the hosts on their way.

Marquis doubled his tally in the second half to move onto 18 goals for the season, with James Coppinger adding a fifth.

May scored after 40 seconds when he looped in a header from Mallik Wilks' cross.

Rovers were rampant with Wilks and Marquis both drawing superb saves from Dale keeper Magnus Norman.

They doubled their advantage on 23 minutes when Crawford smashed in a free-kick from a tight angle.

Rochdale could barely get out of their own half as Doncaster pushed on, grabbing a third goal after 34 minutes when Marquis planted in a header to cap a superb free-kick routine.

The tempo dipped after the break but Doncaster continued to dominate.

Marquis extended the lead on 75 minutes, drilling a shot from 25 yards which Norman could not hold.

And veteran Coppinger wrapped up the win with eight minutes to go, producing a diving header from a Matty Blair cross.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 17Blair
  • 12AndersonBooked at 50mins
  • 6Butler
  • 3Andrew
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 8Whiteman
  • 15KaneSubstituted forRoweat 66'minutes
  • 7Wilks
  • 9Marquis
  • 19MaySubstituted forCoppingerat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Rowe
  • 13Marosi
  • 16Taylor
  • 24Amos
  • 26Coppinger
  • 28Lund
  • 40Boocock

Rochdale

  • 24Norman
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 8WilliamsBooked at 60mins
  • 6McGaheyBooked at 39mins
  • 5Delaney
  • 16Done
  • 25AdsheadSubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
  • 10CampsBooked at 66minsSubstituted forGillamat 76'minutes
  • 14RathboneBooked at 75mins
  • 28MorleySubstituted forInmanat 46'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 4McNulty
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Williams
  • 19Inman
  • 36Gillam
  • 41Matheson
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
7,408

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 5, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 5, Rochdale 0.

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

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Taylor replaces Ali Crawford.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 5, Rochdale 0. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matty Blair with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matthew Gillam replaces Callum Camps.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 4, Rochdale 0. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

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

Booking

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Booking

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradden Inman (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Attempt blocked. M.J. Williams (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger replaces Alfie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tommy Rowe replaces Herbie Kane.

Booking

Callum Camps (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale).

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Delay in match Callum Camps (Rochdale) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth26176346242257
2Luton26157449242552
3Sunderland24148245232250
4Barnsley25137540221846
5Charlton26144842301246
6Doncaster26136747321545
7Peterborough26128645331244
8Coventry26115102829-138
9Southend26112133231135
10Blackpool259882625135
11Fleetwood2697103530534
12Accrington259792735-834
13Burton2595113033-332
14Wycombe2688103438-432
15Walsall2688102841-1332
16Shrewsbury2679102932-330
17Rochdale2686123352-1930
18Gillingham2684143643-728
19Bristol Rovers2676132529-427
20Bradford2683153140-927
21Scunthorpe2676133251-1927
22Oxford Utd2668123141-1026
23Plymouth2666143147-1624
24Wimbledon2664162037-1722
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