Charlie Austin's second-half penalty all but confirmed Doncaster's relegation from the Championship as Burnley collected their third win in four matches.

Josh McQuoid opened his Burnley account with a 30-yard volley to put the Clarets ahead in the first half.

Doncaster drew level when subsitute James Coppinger crossed for Chris Brown to head home at the far post.

Adam Lockwood then bundled Danny Ings over and Austin buried the spot-kick.

Dean Saunders's side are now nine games without a win and are 11 points from safety at the foot of the table with four matches remaining.

Burnley remain in with a shout of making the play-offs, with Eddie Howe's men six points adrift of the top six and with trips to Leicester and Blackpool to come.

Ross Wallace was inches away from a spectacular early opener for the Clarets when his 30-yard effort swerved narrowly wide.

And McQuoid put the visitors ahead when he rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

Saunders's men rallied after the break and were level when Coppinger's well-flighted cross was nodded home at the far post by Brown.

The winner came when Ings got goalside of Lockwood and was brought down.

Referee Nigel Miller had no option to point to the spot, from where Austin calmly converted.

Doncaster boss Dean Saunders: "We had a run of games Saturday, Tuesday, Friday and playing Leicester has finished a few of my players off.

"It's an accumulation of having tired on top of tired and having to scrap for points. Eventually something's got to give.

"We're not going to give up on survival. We don't need snookers yet but we're not far off. We've got four games left, but we've still got a chance of staying in the Championship - a slight chance."

Burnley boss Eddie Howe: "I thought we were excellent.

"First half we got into some great positions with some great counter-attacking football. We shot from distance an awful lot, much to my frustration on the sideline because I felt some of our decision making in the final third could have been better.

"I think if it was we'd have won by a more comfortable scoreline, but in the end it's a really good win."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 33 Woods
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 03 Friend
  • 11 Lockwood Booked
  • 21 Hird
  • 08 Stock (Barnes - 22' )
  • 18 Gillett
  • 09 Brown
  • 12 Hayter
  • 22 Robert (Oster - 87' )
  • 23 Bennett (Coppinger - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 16 Oster
  • 17 Barnes
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 49 Bagayoko

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 04 Duff
  • 15 Edgar
  • 06 McCann Booked
  • 07 Wallace
  • 08 Marney
  • 11 Stanislas (McCartan - 89' )
  • 19 McQuoid
  • 14 Ings
  • 23 Austin Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 32 Howieson
  • 33 Hewitt
  • 42 McCartan
Ref: Miller
Att: 8,350

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

5 5

Corners

4 6

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:08

James O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Austin. Direct free kick taken by Ross Wallace.

90:00 +0:44

Corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger from the left by-line, Lee Grant makes a save.

90:00 +0:30

George Friend takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

88:43 Substitution

Substitution Shay McCartan comes on in place of Junior Stanislas.

87:28

The offside flag is raised against Kieran Trippier. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.

86:34 Substitution

Substitution (Doncaster) makes a substitution, with John Oster coming on for Fabien Robert.

85:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh McQuoid on Chris Brown. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

84:24

Danny Ings is caught offside. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

84:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against James O'Connor. Kieran Trippier restarts play with the free kick.

83:14 Booking

Booking Chris McCann goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

82:54

Chris McCann challenges Giles Barnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Hird takes the free kick.

82:09

Unfair challenge on Simon Gillett by Michael Duff results in a free kick. Simon Gillett restarts play with the free kick.

77:54

Danny Ings takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

76:03

Danny Ings concedes a free kick for a foul on Giles Barnes. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

75:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Austin - Doncaster 1 - 2 Burnley Charlie Austin scores a placed penalty. Doncaster 1-2 Burnley.

74:03 Booking

Booking Adam Lockwood is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

73:52

Danny Ings fouled by Adam Lockwood, the ref awards a Penalty.

72:03

Dean Marney concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Gillett. Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

71:36

Chris Brown challenges Dean Marney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Duff takes the free kick.

69:19

Chris Brown has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

68:48

Dean Marney challenges Fabien Robert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Hird delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, David Edgar makes a clearance.

67:31

Corner taken by Ross Wallace played to the near post, clearance made by James Hayter.

67:10

Junior Stanislas decides to take a short corner.

66:57

The ball is swung over by Kieran Trippier, Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

65:09

Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save made by Gary Woods.

63:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Chris Brown. Kieran Trippier crosses the ball in from the free kick, Simon Gillett gets a block in.

62:15

Corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Chris McCann.

61:41

The ball is sent over by Kieran Trippier, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Danny Ings goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

59:42

Fabien Robert challenges Josh McQuoid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

58:14

Kieran Trippier gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabien Robert. The ball is swung over by James Coppinger, Giles Barnes takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

55:09

The assist for the goal came from James Coppinger.

55:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Brown - Doncaster 1 - 1 Burnley Chris Brown scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Doncaster 1-1 Burnley.

52:45

Handball decision goes against Simon Gillett. Kieran Trippier crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.

51:53

James Coppinger delivers the ball, David Edgar manages to make a clearance.

50:03 Booking

Booking Booking for Charlie Austin for dissent.

49:50

Danny Ings is ruled offside. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.

47:21

Chris McCann produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

45:44

James Coppinger is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Grant.

45:07 Substitution

Substitution James Coppinger is brought on as a substitute for Kyle Bennett.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Gary Woods.

45:00 +0:06

Dean Marney has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

42:28

Ross Wallace decides to take a short corner.

39:20

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas from the right by-line, clearance made by Chris Brown.

37:50

The assistant referee flags for offside against Charlie Austin. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

36:41

Kyle Bennett challenges Kieran Trippier unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

35:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh McQuoid - Doncaster 0 - 1 Burnley Josh McQuoid finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-1 Burnley.

34:40

Shot from deep inside the area by Fabien Robert clears the crossbar.

32:57

The offside flag is raised against Danny Ings. Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

31:37

Effort from just outside the box by Kieran Trippier goes over the bar.

30:32

Kyle Bennett produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

29:54

Fabien Robert fouled by Chris McCann, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Gillett crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Dean Marney manages to make a clearance.

29:18

The ball is crossed by Ross Wallace, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

28:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Ings. Free kick taken by Adam Lockwood.

26:21

Chris Brown produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

23:37

Effort on goal by Chris McCann from a long way out goes over the bar.

20:59

Junior Stanislas manages to make a clearance.

20:59 Substitution

Substitution Giles Barnes is brought on as a substitute for Brian Stock.

20:59

Corner taken by Kyle Bennett from the right by-line played to the near post,

20:42

Simon Gillett takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.

19:29

A cross is delivered by Dean Marney, Headed effort from inside the area by Charlie Austin misses to the left of the target.

18:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney by Brian Stock. Ross Wallace takes the free kick.

15:29

Shot by Danny Ings from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

14:55

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Adam Lockwood gets a block in.

9:46

Corner taken right-footed by Brian Stock, Charlie Austin makes a clearance.

9:34

Simon Gillett takes a shot. Michael Duff gets a block in.

9:03

Michael Duff challenges Kyle Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Stock.

8:12

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ross Wallace, clearance made by George Friend.

6:07

The ball is crossed by Josh McQuoid, save by Gary Woods.

4:36

Ross Wallace has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

4:06

Chris Brown challenges Dean Marney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris McCann restarts play with the free kick.

2:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Brown by Chris McCann. Brian Stock restarts play with the free kick.

2:08

Kyle Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Trippier. Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.

0:20

The ball is sent over by Kyle Bennett, Michael Duff makes a clearance.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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