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Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Gillingham

Kieran Sadlier's superb volley ensured the battle of the new bosses between Doncaster and Gillingham ended in a 1-1 draw.

Alex Jakubiak had given Gillingham the lead midway through a positive first half for Steve Evans' side.

But that was before Sadlier's impressive strike on the stroke of half-time to level things up for Doncaster in their first game of Darren Moore's tenure.

The visitors made the better start against a disjointed Rovers outfit, with Regan Charles-Cook and Brandon Hanlan both twice going close to breaking the deadlock.

But Gillingham finally got the breakthrough on the half hour when Hanlan's flick-on put Mikael Ndjoli through on the right and he squared to Jakubiak to slam home.

Doncaster had struggled for opportunities throughout the first half but changed the mood at the Keepmoat in stoppage time.

James Coppinger clipped an excellent ball forward which Sadlier caught sweetly on the volley and rifled past Jack Bonham.

Rovers were the brighter side in the second half with Alfie May going close on several occasions but deadlock remained.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 2Halliday
  • 15Baptiste
  • 4Anderson
  • 3James
  • 8Whiteman
  • 6Sheaf
  • 19May
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forCrawfordat 84'minutes
  • 12GomesSubstituted forEnnisat 67'minutes
  • 7Sadlier

Substitutes

  • 11Crawford
  • 17Blair
  • 21Longbottom
  • 23Kiwomya
  • 24Dieng
  • 31Ennis
  • 32John

Gillingham

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Hodson
  • 5Ehmer
  • 14Jones
  • 12FullerBooked at 79mins
  • 16Cissé
  • 4O'Keefe
  • 23JakubiakSubstituted forListat 62'minutes
  • 11Charles-CookSubstituted forMarshallat 62'minutes
  • 10NdjoliSubstituted forByrneat 72'minutes
  • 7Hanlan

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 6Ogilvie
  • 9Mandron
  • 15List
  • 18Byrne
  • 19Marshall
  • 21Walsh
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
7,939

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Gillingham 1.

Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alfie Jones (Gillingham).

Foul by Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers).

Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Ali Crawford replaces James Coppinger.

Foul by Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers).

Lee Hodson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

Barry Fuller (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Barry Fuller (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Fuller (Gillingham).

Offside, Gillingham. Mark Byrne tries a through ball, but Brandon Hanlan is caught offside.

Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Foul by Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers).

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alex Baptiste (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger tries a through ball, but Ben Sheaf is caught offside.

Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Foul by Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Mark Byrne replaces Mikael Ndjoli.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Sheaf.

Foul by Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers).

Mark Marshall (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers).

Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Niall Ennis replaces Madger Gomes.

Attempt saved. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Coppinger.

goal

As It Stood

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1Fleetwood11003123
2Blackpool11002023
3Lincoln City11002023
4Wycombe11002023
5Rochdale11003213
6Rotherham11002113
7Coventry11001013
8Ipswich11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Doncaster10101101
11Gillingham10101101
12Oxford Utd10101101
13Sunderland10101101
14MK Dons00000000
15Tranmere100123-10
16Wimbledon100112-10
17Burton100101-10
18Portsmouth100101-10
19Southend100101-10
20Peterborough100113-20
21Accrington100102-20
22Bristol Rovers100102-20
23Bury0000000-12
24Bolton100102-2-12
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