David Cotterill scored one and set up two as Doncaster eased past Carlisle.

Rovers went ahead when Rob Jones headed home Cotterill's corner, before the Wales international's spectacular curling shot made it 2-0.

David Symington's superb dipping free-kick reduced the arrears and gave the Cumbrians hope of a comeback.

But Tommy Spurr restored the visitors' two-goal advantage by glancing in Cotterill's free-kick from the right to make the points safe.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"This was the best we played all season, especially in the first half.

"Some of the football we played, it all seemed to click together. We could have gone three or four-nil up at one stage.

"But with the wind, they had some situations where inswinging balls were coming (into the box) and we had to deal with it."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Carlisle

  • 01 Collin
  • 02 Simek
  • 03 Robson
  • 05 Livesey
  • 15 Edwards
  • 16 Potts
  • 19 Symington
  • 21 Berrett
  • 24 Chantler
  • 17 Beck
  • 22 Garner Booked (Higginbotham - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 23 McGinty
  • 04 McGovern
  • 07 Welsh
  • 08 Noble
  • 18 Todd
  • 27 Higginbotham

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 03 Husband
  • 05 Jones (Martis - 46' )
  • 14 Spurr
  • 19 Griffin
  • 07 Woods
  • 11 Cotterill Booked
  • 20 Harper
  • 30 Keegan
  • 08 Paynter (Syers - 75' )
  • 17 Hume (Brown - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 04 Martis
  • 06 Syers
  • 12 Woods
  • 09 Brown
  • 10 Blake
  • 25 Ball
Ref: Brown
Att: 3,229

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

6 6

Corners

8 5

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:13 Full time

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

90:00 +2:01

Short corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the left by-line.

90:00 +0:57

Effort by David Symington from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

89:00

Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham, Martin Woods makes a clearance.

88:54

The ball is sent over by Matt Robson, Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.

84:34

The ball is sent over by David Symington.

82:22

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shelton Martis. Free kick taken by Adam Collin.

81:51

David Symington challenges James Husband unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.

80:24 Substitution

Substitution Kallum Higginbotham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Garner.

78:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Beck by Shelton Martis. Strike comes in from David Symington from the free kick.

77:42

Chris Brown has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

77:10

Effort on goal by David Symington from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

76:50

Matt Robson takes a outswinging corner.

75:43

The assist for the goal came from David Cotterill.

75:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Tommy Spurr - Carlisle 1 - 3 Doncaster Tommy Spurr grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Carlisle 1-3 Doncaster.

74:44

David Cotterill takes the direct free kick.

74:44 Substitution

Substitution David Syers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Paynter.

74:44

Martin Woods fouled by James Berrett, the ref awards a free kick.

72:40

David Symington takes the outswinging corner, Mark Beck takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

72:30

A cross is delivered by Matt Robson.

70:33

The ball is sent over by Brad Potts, Paul Keegan makes a clearance.

69:14

Mike Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Brown. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.

67:38 Substitution

Substitution Chris Brown comes on in place of Iain Hume.

66:33

David Symington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

65:30 Goal scored

Goal! - David Symington - Carlisle 1 - 2 Doncaster David Symington finds the net with a shot from the free kick from 35 yards. Carlisle 1-2 Doncaster.

64:24

Tommy Spurr challenges Joe Garner unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shelton Martis on Mike Edwards. Adam Collin takes the free kick.

62:15

David Cotterill takes the outswinging corner, Joe Garner makes a clearance.

62:07

The ball is delivered by David Cotterill, clearance by Chris Chantler.

61:44

Centre by David Symington, save by Gary Woods.

60:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Edwards by Billy Paynter. Mike Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

60:12

Joe Garner produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

58:27

Iain Hume is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Collin.

57:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Mike Edwards. Tommy Spurr takes the direct free kick.

56:13

Inswinging corner taken by David Symington from the left by-line, clearance by Paul Keegan.

55:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Keegan on Joe Garner. Free kick taken by Matt Robson.

51:38

The ball is sent over by David Symington.

51:23

David Symington takes a shot. Tommy Spurr gets a block in.

49:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Robson by James Harper. Free kick taken by Chris Chantler.

47:10

Frank Simek sends in a cross, Andy Griffin manages to make a clearance.

46:35

Foul by Billy Paynter on Mike Edwards, free kick awarded. Adam Collin takes the direct free kick.

45:31

Foul by James Husband on David Symington, free kick awarded. Matt Robson restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Shelton Martis is brought on as a substitute for Rob Jones.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:57

Martin Woods takes a shot. Adam Collin makes a save.

45:00 +1:33

The ball is swung over by David Cotterill, clearance by Mike Edwards.

45:00 +0:56

Foul by Mike Edwards on Billy Paynter, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Cotterill.

45:00 +0:24

Foul by Matt Robson on Andy Griffin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.

45:00 +0:16

A cross is delivered by David Symington.

44:53

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Symington, clearance made by Rob Jones.

44:36

David Symington takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Keegan.

43:43

David Symington sends in a cross, Mark Beck takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

43:03

Joe Garner fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Berrett.

42:30

Shot by David Symington missed to the left of the net.

41:52

The official flags Iain Hume offside. Mike Edwards takes the indirect free kick.

41:10

Shot by Joe Garner from outside the box goes high over the target.

39:42

David Symington takes the inswinging corner, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

39:13

James Berrett restarts play with the free kick.

39:13 Booking

Booking David Cotterill is booked.

38:56

David Cotterill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Chantler.

36:30

A cross is delivered by Matt Robson, clearance by Tommy Spurr.

35:44

Rob Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Chantler. Adam Collin takes the free kick.

35:16

Short corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line.

34:28

The ball is swung over by David Cotterill.

32:38

Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line played to the near post, Frank Simek makes a clearance.

32:38 Booking

Booking Joe Garner receives a yellow card.

32:15

The ball is crossed by James Husband, clearance made by Frank Simek.

31:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Cotterill by Brad Potts. Free kick taken by Paul Keegan.

30:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brad Potts by Rob Jones. Chris Chantler takes the direct free kick.

30:24

The ball is sent over by David Symington, save by Gary Woods.

29:32

The ball is delivered by Billy Paynter.

28:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Keegan on Brad Potts. Free kick taken by James Berrett.

26:25

James Berrett delivers the ball, save by Gary Woods.

24:52

The ball is crossed by David Symington, Mark Beck takes a shot.

24:14

Rob Jones fouled by Mark Beck, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

22:09

Outswinging corner taken by David Symington. Joe Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Woods. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

21:35

David Symington takes a shot. Clearance by Gary Woods.

20:00

David Symington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from David Cotterill, Adam Collin makes a save.

19:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Danny Livesey. Tommy Spurr takes the direct free kick.

17:47 Goal scored

Goal! - David Cotterill - Carlisle 0 - 2 Doncaster David Cotterill scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Carlisle 0-2 Doncaster.

17:05

Martin Woods takes a shot. Save by Adam Collin.

14:38

Effort from just inside the box by Iain Hume hits the post.

13:56

The assist for the goal came from David Cotterill.

13:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Rob Jones - Carlisle 0 - 1 Doncaster Rob Jones scores a headed goal from inside the area. Carlisle 0-1 Doncaster.

13:32

David Cotterill takes the outswinging corner,

13:03

The ball is delivered by Iain Hume, Adam Collin manages to make a clearance.

12:42

Centre by David Symington, clearance made by Andy Griffin.

11:20

Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.

10:12

Foul by Joe Garner on Andy Griffin, free kick awarded. David Cotterill takes the direct free kick.

8:01

The ball is delivered by David Symington.

7:27

James Berrett fouled by James Harper, the ref awards a free kick. James Berrett restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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