Doncaster Rovers claimed their fourth successive victory as they beat Oldham Athletic to move level on points with League One leaders Tranmere Rovers.

A quickly-taken free-kick from David Cotterill deceived Latics goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis to take Doncaster second.

James Wesolowski and Dean Furman missed chances for Oldham, both shooting wide.

Both sides ended with 10 men as Iain Hume was shown a second yellow after a foul on Connor Brown but Bouzanis then shoved Hume and was also dismissed.

Doncaster's winning goal came during a spell where they were on top as Hume had an effort headed off the line by Cliff Byrne before Bouzanis saved a David Syers shot.

Oldham get a quick opportunity to gain some revenge as the two teams meet at Boundary Park on Saturday in the second round of the FA Cup.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm pleased for all the supporters - we're on top of the league on points [second on goal difference]. We dug a result out.

"I've got to say all credit to the players. We're playing Saturday, Tuesday and that's four wins on the trot.

"I thought in the second half we played miles better."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 33 Woods
  • 02 Quinn
  • 03 Husband
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Spurr
  • 07 Woods (Clingan - 33' )
  • 11 Cotterill Booked
  • 20 Harper (Syers - 63' )
  • 30 Keegan
  • 09 Brown
  • 17 Hume Dismissed after an earlier booking

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 04 Martis
  • 16 McCombe
  • 06 Syers
  • 12 Woods
  • 21 Clingan
  • 10 Blake

Oldham Athletic

  • 13 Bouzanis Dismissed
  • 02 Brown
  • 03 Grounds (Montano - 73' )
  • 05 Mvoto Booked
  • 16 Byrne Booked
  • 23 Wabara
  • 04 Wesolowski Booked (Smith - 73' )
  • 07 Croft (Jacob - 90' )
  • 08 Furman
  • 09 Derbyshire
  • 20 Baxter

Substitutes

  • 25 Jacob
  • 26 Winchester
  • 22 M'changama
  • 28 Sutherland
  • 11 Montano
  • 14 Smith
  • 21 Millar
Ref: Sutton
Att: 6,066

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

6 2

Corners

11 3

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:47 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:05

Direct free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

90:00 +1:05 Substitution

Substitution Lee Croft goes off and Liam Jacob comes on.

90:00 +1:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Dean Bouzanis shown a red card.

90:00 +0:51 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Iain Hume.

90:00 +0:30

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Cotterill.

88:47

The referee penalises Dean Bouzanis for handball. Sammy Clingan shoots direct from the free kick.

87:35

The ball is swung over by Cristian Montano.

86:47

Shot by Chris Brown from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

84:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Cotterill by Dean Furman. Direct free kick taken by David Cotterill. Iain Hume takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis. Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line.

83:54

The ball is delivered by Jose Baxter.

82:11

Foul by Matt Smith on Paul Keegan, free kick awarded. Tommy Spurr takes the free kick, Rob Jones takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

80:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Croft on James Husband. Direct free kick taken by James Husband.

78:23

Cristian Montano crosses the ball, save by Gary Woods.

90:00

Unfair challenge on Connor Brown by Iain Hume results in a free kick.

90:00 Booking

Booking The referee shows Iain Hume a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

76:19

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Croft.

75:01 Booking

Booking David Cotterill goes into the referee's book.

73:55

Cristian Montano concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Keegan. James Husband takes the direct free kick.

73:20

Dean Furman produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Grounds leaves the field to be replaced by Cristian Montano.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Matt Smith on for James Wesolowski.

71:55

Outswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the right by-line, Paul Quinn produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

71:43

Sammy Clingan produces a cross, blocked by Jonathan Grounds.

71:28

David Cotterill takes a short corner.

70:02

Foul by David Cotterill on Connor Brown, free kick awarded. Connor Brown takes the free kick.

68:49 Booking

Booking Booking for Cliff Byrne for dissent.

68:02 Goal scored

Goal! - David Cotterill - Doncaster 1 - 0 Oldham David Cotterill finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-0 Oldham.

67:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Wesolowski on David Cotterill.

65:56

David Cotterill takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Dean Furman.

65:30

Corner taken by David Cotterill, David Syers takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis.

65:04

Chris Brown takes a shot. Clearance made by Dean Furman.

64:07

James Husband crosses the ball, Dean Bouzanis makes a save.

62:20

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Cotterill, Shot by David Syers from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

62:20 Substitution

Substitution David Syers comes on in place of James Harper.

60:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Grounds by Paul Quinn. Jonathan Grounds takes the free kick.

58:52

David Cotterill takes a shot. Save made by Dean Bouzanis.

57:09

Paul Keegan takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

55:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Rob Jones produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

54:01

Jose Baxter takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

53:12

Lee Croft has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

52:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Derbyshire by David Cotterill. Jose Baxter restarts play with the free kick.

51:13

Chris Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski. Dean Bouzanis takes the direct free kick.

48:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Brown. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:05

Unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Jose Baxter results in a free kick. Tommy Spurr takes the direct free kick.

43:08

Corner taken by Lee Croft, clearance made by Rob Jones.

42:03

Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

41:03

Connor Brown fouled by Chris Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Furman takes the free kick.

39:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Dean Furman. Direct free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

38:10

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Iain Hume goes wide of the left-hand post.

35:07

Unfair challenge on Chris Brown by Jean Yves Mvoto results in a free kick. David Cotterill sends in a cross, Iain Hume takes a shot. Dean Bouzanis makes a comfortable save.

32:39 Substitution

Substitution Martin Woods leaves the field to be replaced by Sammy Clingan.

29:42

Reece Wabara fouled by James Harper, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Baxter takes the direct free kick.

28:43

Unfair challenge on Cliff Byrne by Chris Brown results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.

27:49

Effort from deep inside the area by Dean Furman misses to the right of the goal.

27:16

Corner taken by Lee Croft, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

26:23

Chris Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Yves Mvoto. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Baxter from right channel, clearance by Paul Quinn.

23:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Derbyshire on James Husband. Direct free kick taken by James Husband.

22:30

Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

22:30 Booking

Booking The referee books James Wesolowski for unsporting behaviour.

22:24

James Wesolowski concedes a free kick for a foul on James Husband.

21:52

Foul by James Wesolowski on Martin Woods, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Martin Woods.

17:42

Dean Furman takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

15:57

Free kick crossed right-footed by David Cotterill, save by Dean Bouzanis.

15:57 Booking

Booking Jean Yves Mvoto is shown a yellow card.

15:52

Foul by Jean Yves Mvoto on Martin Woods, free kick awarded.

14:49

Outswinging corner taken by David Cotterill, Header from close in by Tommy Spurr misses to the right of the goal.

14:38

The ball is crossed by Tommy Spurr, Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance.

12:35

Iain Hume gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Connor Brown. Connor Brown takes the direct free kick.

10:33

Foul by Connor Brown on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Cotterill.

9:19

Foul by Connor Brown on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.

8:18

Lee Croft sends in a cross, Paul Quinn manages to make a clearance.

7:23

Long range shot from James Wesolowski misses to the left of the goal.

6:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Hume on Connor Brown. Jose Baxter crosses the ball in from the free kick, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

2:57

Lee Croft produces a cross, clearance made by Tommy Spurr.

1:21

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

0:46

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Cotterill, Reece Wabara manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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