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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

Full Time

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers).

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

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.

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

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

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

Foul by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

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

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

Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley).

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

Foul by Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

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

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt missed. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Luke Armstrong replaces Paul Smyth.

Foul by Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

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

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

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

goal

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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