Doncaster Rovers secured a third win of the season and consigned Colchester United to the bottom of League One.

Midfielder David Cotterill grabbed an early lead for the visitors with a looping shot from the edge of the area.

Colchester levelled on the half hour when defender Magnus Okuonghae's deflected shot went in off the post.

However, Rovers restored their lead just after half time when midfielder Andrew Bond headed a Cotterill free-kick into his own net.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We started the game brilliantly. In the first 15 minutes we played some great football.

"We made a few chances, scored a great goal and we might have taken a step back.

"I changed the formation today, so we weren't as vulnerable in the centre of the pitch and to delay the counter attacks.

"I assigned that back four especially for what happened today."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Rose
  • 04 Okuonghae Booked
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 10 Izzet (Wordsworth - 74' )
  • 14 Bond (Morrison - 63' )
  • 15 Bean
  • 11 Sears
  • 16 Henderson
  • 21 Massey

Substitutes

  • 35 Pentney
  • 06 Heath
  • 25 White
  • 07 Duguid
  • 08 O'Toole
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 09 Morrison

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods Booked
  • 02 Quinn
  • 05 Jones
  • 06 Syers Booked (Harper - 77' )
  • 14 Spurr
  • 16 McCombe
  • 07 Woods
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 30 Keegan Booked
  • 09 Brown (Hume - 82' )
  • 23 Bennett (Husband - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 03 Husband
  • 04 Martis
  • 20 Harper
  • 10 Blake
  • 17 Hume
Ref: Sutton
Att: 3,262

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

5 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

3 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:09 Booking

Booking The referee books Gary Woods for time wasting.

90:00 +0:57

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:10

Free kick taken by Martin Woods.

90:00 +0:10 Booking

Booking Booking for Magnus Okuonghae for unsporting behaviour.

89:58

James Husband fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick.

87:19

Clinton Morrison fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

86:18

Anthony Wordsworth produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

83:55

The offside flag is raised against Iain Hume. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

81:54 Substitution

Substitution Iain Hume on for Chris Brown.

78:19

David Cotterill produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

76:25 Substitution

Substitution James Harper replaces David Syers.

73:49 Substitution

Substitution Kem Izzet goes off and Anthony Wordsworth comes on.

70:22 Substitution

Substitution (Doncaster) makes a substitution, with James Husband coming on for Kyle Bennett.

67:57

Free kick taken by David Cotterill. Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill.

67:57 Booking

Booking Booking for Brian Wilson for unsporting behaviour.

67:17

Brian Wilson handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

65:47

Corner taken by Michael Rose from the right by-line to the near post, David Syers manages to make a clearance.

64:01

The offside flag is raised against David Syers. Mark Cousins takes the free kick.

62:42 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Clinton Morrison coming on for Andy Bond.

59:05

Foul by Tommy Spurr on Brian Wilson, free kick awarded. Michael Rose takes the direct free kick.

54:49

Outswinging corner taken by Michael Rose, Freddie Sears takes a shot. Jamie McCombe gets a block in. Corner taken by Michael Rose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Syers.

52:42

Kyle Bennett takes a shot. Mark Cousins makes a save.

49:50

Shot from deep inside the area by Kyle Bennett goes over the bar.

47:44

Assist by David Cotterill.

47:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Bond - Colchester 1 - 2 Doncaster Headed own goal by Andy Bond. Colchester 1-2 Doncaster.

45:53

Tommy Spurr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Freddie Sears. Andy Bond has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Gary Woods.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:23

Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.

44:23 Booking

Booking Paul Keegan goes into the referee's book.

44:03

Handball decision goes against Paul Keegan.

41:42

Kyle Bennett takes a shot. Save made by Mark Cousins.

39:01

Effort from deep inside the area by David Syers misses to the right of the target.

38:10

Effort on goal by Marcus Bean from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

34:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Rob Jones. Michael Rose shoots direct from the free kick.

32:13

The referee gives a free kick against Jamie McCombe for handball. Michael Rose restarts play with the free kick.

29:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Magnus Okuonghae - Colchester 1 - 1 Doncaster Magnus Okuonghae finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-1 Doncaster.

29:30 Booking

Booking David Syers receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

28:34

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Rose. Michael Rose takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

25:14

Ian Henderson takes the inswinging corner, Effort from deep inside the area by Gavin Massey misses to the right of the target.

24:34

Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

24:00

Unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe by Ian Henderson results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Keegan.

19:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Paul Keegan. Michael Rose produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

14:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Kyle Bennett. David Cotterill takes the free kick.

10:34

Paul Keegan concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Massey. Andy Bond produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Corner taken left-footed by Michael Rose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Rob Jones. Clearance made by Martin Woods.

6:56

Effort from the edge of the area by David Syers goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:40

Paul Quinn provided the assist for the goal.

2:40 Goal scored

Goal! - David Cotterill - Colchester 0 - 1 Doncaster David Cotterill grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Doncaster.

1:36

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Cotterill, Andy Bond makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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