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Doncaster Rovers 4-1 Bristol Rovers

Two-goal James Coppinger took just 12 minutes to double his tally for the season
Two-goal James Coppinger took just 12 minutes to double his tally for the season

Doncaster Rovers climbed into the League One play-off places with a 4-1 beating of relegation-threatened Bristol Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

After midfielder James Coppinger struck twice in the first 12 minutes, Mallik Wilks made it 3-0 by the break.

Kieran Sadlier struck the fourth a minute into the second half, before Jonson Clarke-Harris pulled one back with a 66th-minute penalty.

Doncaster go sixth, but Bristol Rovers remain just three points clear of trouble.

Coppinger gave the home side the lead after just three minutes when his tame effort squirmed under visiting goalkeeper Jack Bonham, who should have done better.

But the 38-year-old veteran - now just 12 short of 100 career goals - needed no help with his second, firing home a low effort from 20 yards.

After Wilks converted from 12 yards after 31 minutes, Sadlier's 30-yard stunner quickly added to Doncaster's deserved lead.

Clarke-Harris pulled one back from the penalty spot after 66 minutes after being shoved to the ground inside the area, but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

They are now looking over their shoulders after conceding four goals to Doncaster for the second time this season.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 6Butler
  • 3Andrew
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forBeestinat 80'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 10Rowe
  • 7WilksBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMayat 75'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 22SadlierSubstituted forSmithat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Anderson
  • 14Beestin
  • 18Smith
  • 19May
  • 33Jones
  • 41Hasani
  • 44Lewis

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 3Holmes-DennisBooked at 70minsSubstituted forPartingtonat 72'minutes
  • 6UpsonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forSinclairat 75'minutes
  • 25Ogogo
  • 8O Clarke
  • 17JakubiakSubstituted forMooreat 82'minutes
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 20Reilly

Substitutes

  • 7Sercombe
  • 10Nichols
  • 21Smith
  • 22Partington
  • 24Sinclair
  • 30Kilgour
  • 43Moore
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
6,907

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 4, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 4, Bristol Rovers 1.

Booking

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by James Clarke.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Joe Partington.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Kieran Sadlier.

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

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Deon Moore replaces Alex Jakubiak.

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie Beestin replaces James Coppinger.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Paul Downing (Doncaster Rovers).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Doncaster Rovers).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Ed Upson.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Mallik Wilks.

Booking

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Joe Partington replaces Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

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

Booking

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 4, Bristol Rovers 1. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton392411476314583
2Barnsley392212565283778
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton381910955371867
6Doncaster3916121165511460
7Peterborough391610136054658
8Blackpool391414114341256
9Coventry39168154343056
10Burton391411145346753
11Fleetwood381410144941852
12Gillingham39138185363-1047
13Oxford Utd391113154554-946
14Plymouth391210174961-1246
15Bristol Rovers391112164043-345
16Wycombe381111164758-1144
17Accrington371111154054-1444
18Scunthorpe39128194767-2044
19Shrewsbury391013164252-1043
20Southend39126214757-1042
21Walsall39119194261-1942
22Rochdale38118194776-2941
23Wimbledon39116223457-2339
24Bradford39106234367-2436
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