Gareth Roberts's first Derby County goal ensured former club Doncaster Rovers remain in the Championship relegation zone.

The left back doubled the Rams' advantage after Theo Robinson had given the visitors an early lead with a lob over Chris Ikeme.

Doncaster then failed to build on El-Hadji Diouf's well-taken strike.

The result ended the South Yorkshire side's five-game unbeaten run and left them four points from safety.

Nigel Clough's Derby side got off to the perfect start after Robinson chipped goalkeeper Ikeme in the 13th minute to grab his 10th goal of the season.

Ikeme, on loan at Rovers from Wolverhampton Wanderers, made it easy for the striker as he rashly raced off his line in an attempt to meet the long ball.

The keeper then pushed away a Roberts volley from a corner before the Welshman, who joined the Rams from Rovers in May 2010, found the back of the net on 55 minutes with a left-footed shot from 12 yards.

Doncaster were given a lifeline by Diouf when he controlled a flick-on cross with his chest, swivelled and slotted past Frank Fielding from six yards.

But Kyle Bennett wasted the hosts' only further chance of note when he scuffed an effort wide in injury time.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 27 Ikeme
  • 04 Martis (Hird - 68' )
  • 14 Spurr
  • 39 Chimbonda
  • 41 Beye
  • 17 Barnes (Hayter - 86' )
  • 18 Gillett
  • 26 Coppinger (Oster - 56' )
  • 10 Diouf Booked
  • 19 Piquionne
  • 23 Bennett

Substitutes

  • 33 Woods
  • 21 Hird
  • 31 Ilunga
  • 16 Oster
  • 12 Hayter

Derby County

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell
  • 17 Buxton
  • 31 Naylor
  • 04 Bryson
  • 18 B Davies
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 32 Green
  • 21 Robinson (S Davies - 90' )
  • 25 Ball (Tyson - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 16 Bailey
  • 19 Carroll
  • 07 S Davies
  • 09 Tyson
Ref: Coote
Att: 9,791

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

4 8

Corners

1 11

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:01

Gareth Roberts fouled by El-Hadji Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +3:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda by Steve Davies. Pascal Chimbonda restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Green by Simon Gillett. Gareth Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:51

Shot from just outside the box by Kyle Bennett misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking El-Hadji Diouf is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +0:25 Substitution

Substitution Steve Davies on for Theo Robinson.

90:00 +0:25

Craig Bryson fouled by El-Hadji Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

89:06

El-Hadji Diouf takes the inswinging corner, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

86:47

Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by James Hayter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

85:11 Substitution

Substitution James Hayter on for Giles Barnes.

85:11

The referee blows for offside against Paul Green. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.

82:57

Kyle Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Green. Free kick crossed by Tom Naylor, Habib Beye makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Tom Naylor takes a shot. Blocked by Habib Beye. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, Giles Barnes manages to make a clearance.

81:20

Nathan Tyson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Habib Beye. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick. Simon Gillett concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Roberts. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Buxton.

80:01

Ben Davies takes the outswinging corner, save by Carl Ikeme.

78:49

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.

77:53 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Tyson replaces Callum Ball.

75:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Buxton by El-Hadji Diouf. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

73:47

Theo Robinson challenges Habib Beye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kyle Bennett from left channel, clearance by Tom Naylor.

69:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Naylor on Simon Gillett. Simon Gillett takes the direct free kick. El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

68:37

Paul Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Gillett. Simon Gillett restarts play with the free kick.

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Sam Hird comes on in place of Shelton Martis.

66:32

The assist for the goal came from Giles Barnes.

66:32 Goal scored

Goal! - El-Hadji Diouf - Doncaster 1 - 2 Derby El-Hadji Diouf grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-2 Derby.

63:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Gareth Roberts. Gareth Roberts takes the direct free kick.

61:44

The referee blows for offside. Shelton Martis takes the free kick.

60:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Giles Barnes makes a clearance.

58:37

Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

56:50

The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, Giles Barnes takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a comfortable save.

55:05 Substitution

Substitution (Doncaster) makes a substitution, with John Oster coming on for James Coppinger.

54:12

Paul Green provided the assist for the goal.

54:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Roberts - Doncaster 0 - 2 Derby Gareth Roberts fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-2 Derby.

53:02

El-Hadji Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Davies from left wing, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance.

50:39

Jason Shackell produces a cross.

49:21

Callum Ball takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

48:36

Craig Bryson challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Gillett crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Jake Buxton.

45:49

Frederic Piquionne challenges Gareth Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:46

Callum Ball challenges Habib Beye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Habib Beye restarts play with the free kick.

41:59

Callum Ball handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

41:12

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies to the near post, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.

39:22

Unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Craig Bryson results in a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

36:02

Theo Robinson produces a cross.

34:51

Ben Davies delivers the ball, Habib Beye makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line.

33:02

Ben Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick.

30:33

El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

29:50

James Coppinger takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

28:41

Unfair challenge on Simon Gillett by Jeff Hendrick results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

27:05

Corner taken by Ben Davies, Pascal Chimbonda manages to make a clearance. Gareth Roberts takes a shot. Carl Ikeme makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, clearance made by Giles Barnes.

26:32

Simon Gillett produces a cross.

21:31

Paul Green is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

21:11

Giles Barnes fouled by Craig Bryson, the ref awards a free kick. Giles Barnes takes the direct free kick.

20:30

Header from deep inside the area by El-Hadji Diouf goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

20:00

Effort from 18 yards by Theo Robinson. Carl Ikeme makes a save.

15:11

Callum Ball takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.

13:50

Unfair challenge on Paul Green by Tommy Spurr results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ben Davies.

12:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Robinson - Doncaster 0 - 1 Derby A goal is scored by Theo Robinson from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-1 Derby.

7:58

Frederic Piquionne fouled by Jeff Hendrick, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Gillett.

7:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick by Simon Gillett. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

7:01

Callum Ball takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

6:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shelton Martis by Theo Robinson. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

4:07

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, clearance made by Giles Barnes.

4:02

The ball is sent over by Gareth Roberts, clearance made by Habib Beye.

1:45

Corner taken by Ben Davies, clearance by Tommy Spurr.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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