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Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Walsall

Doncaster made a blistering start against struggling Walsall before going on to secure a win which extended their advantage in sixth in League One.

John Marquis gave Doncaster the ideal start in the third minute when he slotted in from the penalty spot after Mallik Wilks was brought down by George Dobson.

Wilks then got in on the act barely a minute later, smashing in from the corner of the box after cutting in from the right.

Walsall - arguably the stronger side in the first half despite chasing the game - pulled a goal back after 13 minutes when Josh Gordon hooked in from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

Tommy Rowe then saw a header well held by Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.

Home nerves were calmed after 39 minutes when Danny Andrew drilled in a free-kick from 20 yards.

The two sides exchanged chances in the second half, with Marko Marosi saving well from Corey Blackett-Taylor, Zeli Ismail and Gordon, while Paul Downing and Rowe both went close for Doncaster, who now have a five-point cushion over seventh-placed Peterborough.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 6Butler
  • 3Andrew
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forHasaniat 81'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 10Rowe
  • 7WilksSubstituted forMayat 87'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 22SadlierSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes

Substitutes

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

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 5Guthrie
  • 35Scarr
  • 3LeahyBooked at 90mins
  • 4Dobson
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forCookat 52'minutes
  • 15Kinsella
  • 10IsmailSubstituted forFerrierat 68'minutes
  • 29Gordon
  • 38Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forOtehat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 9Cook
  • 16Ferrier
  • 23Slinn
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 28Norman
  • 36Oteh
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
7,630

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 3, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 3, Walsall 1.

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luke Leahy (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Foul by Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Mallik Wilks.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Aramide Oteh replaces Corey Taylor.

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

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Lirak Hasani replaces James Coppinger.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

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

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

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

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tyler Smith (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Morgan Ferrier replaces Zeli Ismail.

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

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Kieran Sadlier.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton402511478324686
2Barnsley402213567303779
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton392010956371970
6Doncaster4017121168521663
7Peterborough391610136054658
8Blackpool401415114543257
9Coventry40169154545057
10Fleetwood391510145041955
11Burton391411145346753
12Oxford Utd401213154755-849
13Gillingham40139185464-1048
14Plymouth401211175163-1247
15Shrewsbury401113164452-846
16Bristol Rovers401112174145-445
17Wycombe391111174860-1244
18Accrington381111164055-1544
19Scunthorpe40128204869-2144
20Southend40126224759-1242
21Walsall40119204364-2142
22Wimbledon40126223658-2242
23Rochdale39119194877-2942
24Bradford40106244368-2536
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