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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Accrington Stanley: Stanley give survival hopes a boost at the Keepmoat

Accrington Stanley moved five points clear of the League One relegation zone with a 2-1 win at promotion-hopefuls Doncaster Rovers.

First-half goals from Sean McConville and Paul Smyth helped move John Coleman's Stanley to the brink of safety with two games to play.

Rovers had to wait until the final minute of the game for a goal, when Danny Andrew netted a consolation.

The defeat leaves Doncaster sixth, three points clear of Peterborough.

However, the Posh have a game in hand on Rovers but with an inferior points difference.

The visitors made the most of their early pressure at the Keepmoat Stadium, taking the lead in the 17th minute through McConville, who tapped in at the far post from a Smyth cross.

Smyth doubled Accrington's lead just before half-time, taking a touch before lifting the ball over Marko Marosi in the Rovers net.

Doncaster almost gifted Stanley a third in the 53rd minute as Matty Blair mistimed a header back to the keeper, nodding the ball over Marosi and on to the crossbar.

The home side continued to put pressure on the Accrington defence in the second half, with John Marquis coming close and Kieran Sadlier hitting the bar before their late goal.

Andrew pulled one back for Doncaster in the 90th minute, his deflected free-kick bouncing off Accrington's Seamus Conneely and over goalkeeper Jonny Maxted.

Sadlier also saw a last-minute strike bounce back off a post as Doncaster suffered their second successive defeat.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 12Anderson
  • 31Downing
  • 3Andrew
  • 15Kane
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forSadlierat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Rowe
  • 7Wilks
  • 9Marquis
  • 19MaySubstituted forWhitemanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Butler
  • 8Whiteman
  • 14Beestin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Sadlier
  • 33Jones
  • 44Lewis

Accrington

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Maxted
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 15Sykes
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 26Barlaser
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 29Kee
  • 38SmythSubstituted forArmstrongat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nolan
  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Williams
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 18Rodgers
  • 34Warner
  • 39Armstrong
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
7,222

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

  3. Post update

    Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  4. Booking

    Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

  13. Post update

    Paul Downing (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton442613586394791
2Barnsley442513677364188
3Portsmouth432511779463386
4Sunderland432218377423584
5Charlton4424101067402782
6Doncaster4419121372561669
7Peterborough431812136556966
8Coventry441810165351264
9Blackpool441517124947262
10Burton4416121663531060
11Oxford Utd441514155559-459
12Fleetwood431512165650657
13Gillingham441410205870-1252
14Accrington441312194565-2051
15Rochdale44149215383-3051
16Bristol Rovers441214184549-450
17Shrewsbury441214185058-850
18Wycombe441311205365-1250
19Southend44138235366-1347
20Plymouth441211215273-2147
21Wimbledon441210224062-2246
22Scunthorpe441210224977-2846
23Walsall441110234671-2543
24Bradford44107274675-2937
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