Doncaster won at Preston to make it two consecutive victories and continue their push for promotion.

David Syers gave Rovers the lead when he turned David Cotterill's low corner in off the crossbar.

Cotterill made it two when he curled a free-kick into the top right corner from out wide on the left.

Billy Paynter scored the third from the spot, sending keeper Thorsten Stuckmann the wrong way after Will Hayhurst brought down Kyle Bennett in the area.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We played really well, especially in the first half.

"The first goal was from a corner we had worked on and the second was something we worked on with David Cotterill - I didn't expect him to put it in the top corner, but it was a great delivery.

"In the second half they forced us back and we tried to catch them on the counter-attack.

"We probably could have got more."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Preston

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 04 Huntington (Foster - 35' )
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 26 Wright
  • 17 Monakana Booked
  • 18 Procter (Byrom - 74' )
  • 19 Welsh Booked
  • 20 Beardsley (Elding - 65' )
  • 21 Mousinho Booked
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 29 Beavon

Substitutes

  • 23 Simonsen
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14 Kane
  • 27 Foster
  • 13 Byrom
  • 09 Cummins
  • 37 Elding

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 02 Quinn
  • 05 Jones Booked
  • 14 Spurr
  • 16 McCombe
  • 06 Syers
  • 11 Cotterill (Griffin - 82' )
  • 20 Harper
  • 30 Keegan
  • 08 Paynter (Husband - 88' )
  • 23 Bennett (Martis - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 03 Husband
  • 04 Martis
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 19 Griffin
  • 29 Middleton
  • 25 Ball
Ref: Rushton
Att: 9,626

Match Stats

Shots

13 6

On target

6 2

Corners

5 2

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:48 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:34

Centre by David Buchanan, clearance made by Tommy Spurr. Inswinging corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line, clearance made by Rob Jones. William Hayhurst takes a shot. Rob Jones gets a block in.

90:00 +0:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Syers. Direct free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

89:34

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

87:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Keegan on Joel Byrom. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Joel Byrom from right channel, Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.

87:14 Substitution

Substitution James Husband replaces Billy Paynter.

86:20

Joel Byrom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter. Tommy Spurr restarts play with the free kick.

86:04

Billy Paynter challenges John Welsh unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Welsh takes the direct free kick.

85:46

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Paul Keegan gets a block in.

84:43

Tommy Spurr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeffrey Monakana. Strike comes in from Joel Byrom from the free kick, save by Gary Woods.

84:04

John Welsh fouled by David Syers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

81:47 Substitution

Substitution (Doncaster) makes a substitution, with Andy Griffin coming on for David Cotterill.

81:24

Anthony Elding is ruled offside. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Bennett goes off and Shelton Martis comes on.

79:52

Bailey Wright has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76:59

Kyle Bennett challenges William Hayhurst unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Joel Byrom, clearance made by Paul Keegan.

75:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Paynter - Preston 0 - 3 Doncaster Penalty taken right-footed by Billy Paynter and scored. Preston 0-3 Doncaster.

74:19

Kyle Bennett takes a shot. Blocked by John Welsh. Kyle Bennett fouled by William Hayhurst, the ref awards a Penalty.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Joel Byrom joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Procter.

72:50

The ball is sent over by David Buchanan, clearance made by Tommy Spurr.

71:30

John Welsh crosses the ball, Rob Jones makes a clearance.

70:57

John Welsh takes a shot. James Harper gets a block in.

70:40

The ball is swung over by David Buchanan, Jamie McCombe manages to make a clearance.

68:22

Effort from the edge of the box by Anthony Elding goes wide of the right-hand upright.

67:29

The ball is swung over by John Welsh. Effort from outside the penalty box by David Buchanan goes wide right of the target.

64:38 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Elding is brought on as a substitute for Chris Beardsley.

62:36

Bailey Wright challenges David Cotterill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by David Cotterill, Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

60:34

William Hayhurst takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Tommy Spurr manages to make a clearance.

59:03

William Hayhurst delivers the ball.

57:18

William Hayhurst produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

52:40

The ball is delivered by John Welsh.

51:56

Andy Procter takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

51:50

Jeffrey Monakana produces a cross.

50:20

Billy Paynter sends in a cross, Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

49:32 Booking

Booking John Welsh goes into the referee's book.

49:05

Effort from outside the penalty area by James Harper goes wide left of the target.

47:42

Centre by Kyle Bennett, Luke Foster makes a clearance.

47:11

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Jamie McCombe gets a block in.

46:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Hayhurst by David Cotterill. Bailey Wright takes the direct free kick.

45:26

Centre by John Welsh, save made by Gary Woods.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:33

Corner taken by David Buchanan from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Rob Jones.

44:31 Booking

Booking John Mousinho is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

44:23 Booking

Booking Rob Jones booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:32 Booking

Booking Jeffrey Monakana goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

40:47

Unfair challenge on Jeffrey Monakana by Tommy Spurr results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Buchanan from right wing.

39:38

Stuart Beavon challenges Tommy Spurr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

38:36

Unfair challenge on Tommy Spurr by Jeffrey Monakana results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Woods.

37:28

David Syers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Welsh. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stuart Beavon, Gary Woods makes a save.

34:05 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Luke Foster coming on for Paul Huntington.

31:46

Paul Keegan concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Procter. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Buchanan, save made by Gary Woods.

31:09

Billy Paynter produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

29:04 Goal scored

Goal! - David Cotterill - Preston 0 - 2 Doncaster David Cotterill scores a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Preston 0-2 Doncaster.

28:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Spurr by Jeffrey Monakana. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Cotterill,

28:13

Centre by David Cotterill.

26:55

Kyle Bennett has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

25:49

William Hayhurst produces a cross, Gary Woods makes a save.

23:53

Paul Keegan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeffrey Monakana. Direct free kick taken by John Welsh.

23:02

Handball by Andy Procter. Tommy Spurr takes the free kick.

22:30

Floated corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line, clearance made by Bailey Wright.

22:14

The ball is sent over by David Cotterill, Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

18:35

David Buchanan delivers a pass corner to centre, Rob Jones makes a clearance.

18:18

The ball is sent over by Jeffrey Monakana, Tommy Spurr gets a block in.

16:57

David Cotterill sends in a cross, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

14:37

The ball is crossed by John Welsh.

14:12

David Syers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Procter. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.

13:29

Andy Procter fouled by Paul Keegan, the ref awards a free kick. Bailey Wright restarts play with the free kick.

13:03

Billy Paynter takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

12:05

Foul by Billy Paynter on Bailey Wright, free kick awarded. Bailey Wright takes the direct free kick.

11:10

John Welsh has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

10:58

The ball is swung over by Paul Quinn, clearance by Paul Huntington.

10:37

Centre by David Cotterill, Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

9:29

Foul by Paul Keegan on John Welsh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.

8:31

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Jamie McCombe gets a block in.

7:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Cotterill by John Welsh. Jamie McCombe takes the free kick.

5:45

The ball is delivered by Stuart Beavon, clearance made by Paul Keegan.

4:06

Paul Keegan challenges Jeffrey Monakana unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Buchanan from right wing, clearance made by Rob Jones. Stuart Beavon takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by James Harper.

2:00

David Syers fouled by Paul Huntington, the ref awards a free kick. David Cotterill delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, John Welsh manages to make a clearance.

0:57

David Cotterill provided the assist for the goal.

0:57 Goal scored

Goal! - David Syers - Preston 0 - 1 Doncaster David Syers grabs a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Preston 0-1 Doncaster.

0:32

Floated corner taken by David Cotterill,

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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