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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Coventry City

Doncaster booked their place in the League One play-offs with a hard-fought win over Coventry.

Goals from Kieran Sadlier and John Marquis saw Doncaster ride out their nerves to claim victory to clinch sixth place ahead of Peterborough United by a point.

The nerves appeared to have overcome Rovers in the early stages as they struggled to find any rhythm while Coventry showed no signs of easing off, with Brandon Mason going close for the Sky Blues.

With news filtering through that Peterborough had edged ahead at home to Burton, Doncaster knew they needed a goal.

Their lifeline eventually arrived on the half hour when Sadlier rose to head in a superb cross from Mallik Wilks for his third goal for the club following a January move from Cork City.

The goal settled Doncaster, who grew in confidence, with Wilks drawing a save from Lee Burge with a curling effort while Marquis drilled a first time strike narrowly wide.

Although Coventry refused to lie down, Doncaster had the better of the play in the second half, and they sealed the win five minutes from time when Marquis bundled home from close range for his 25th goal of the season.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 6Butler
  • 3Andrew
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 8Whiteman
  • 15Kane
  • 7WilksBooked at 56minsSubstituted forCrawfordat 70'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 22SadlierBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRoweat 82'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 10Rowe
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Anderson
  • 18Smith
  • 19May
  • 33Jones
  • 44Lewis

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 17Sterling
  • 15Hyam
  • 4Willis
  • 3Mason
  • 6Kelly
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forPonticelliat 74'minutes
  • 23ThomasBooked at 36mins
  • 24EnobakhareSubstituted forChaplinat 45+1'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 21BakayokoSubstituted forWestbrookeat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Chaplin
  • 19Ponticelli
  • 25Westbrooke
  • 33Addai
  • 34Drysdale
  • 41McCallum
  • 44Wakefield
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,794

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0.

Foul by Brandon Mason (Coventry City).

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

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Danny Andrew.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Coventry City 0. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range to the top right corner.

Booking

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tommy Rowe replaces Kieran Sadlier.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces James Coppinger.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Danny Andrew.

Attempt blocked. Luke Thomas (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Ponticelli replaces Jordan Shipley.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Ali Crawford replaces Mallik Wilks.

Attempt saved. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Danny Andrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Zain Westbrooke replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Booking

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers).

Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers).

Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

Second Half

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 1, Coventry City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Coventry City 0.

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

Brandon Mason (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Conor Chaplin replaces Bright Enobakhare because of an injury.

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dujon Sterling.

Booking

Luke Thomas (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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2Barnsley462613780394191
3Charlton4626101073403388
4Portsmouth462513883513288
5Sunderland462219580473385
6Doncaster4620131376581873
7Peterborough462012147162972
8Coventry461811175454065
9Burton461712176657963
10Blackpool461517145052-262
11Fleetwood461613175852661
12Oxford Utd461515165864-660
13Gillingham461510216172-1155
14Accrington461413195167-1655
15Bristol Rovers461315184750-354
16Rochdale46159225487-3354
17Wycombe461411215567-1253
18Shrewsbury461216185159-852
19Southend46148245568-1350
20Wimbledon461311224263-2150
21Plymouth461311225680-2450
22Walsall461211234971-2247
23Scunthorpe461210245383-3046
24Bradford46118274977-2841
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