Doncaster missed the chance to go top of League One as they were held to a draw at mid-table Crawley.

Josh Simpson put the hosts in front when he latched on to a weak defensive header to send a brilliant drive from 25 yards flying into the top corner.

But Doncaster equalised when left-back James Husband met a right-wing cross with a diving header six yards out.

Doncaster have the same points and goal difference as leaders Bournemouth, but the Cherries have scored more goals.

Crawley lost goalscorer Simpson to a leg injury before the break and the home side lacked a cutting edge in the second period.

Striker Jamie Proctor had a chance to win it in the 65th minute but headed wastefully over from close range.

Doncaster, meanwhile, have now failed to win any of their last four matches.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster Rovers manager Brian Flynn tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Lucky to come away with a point if we're brutally honest.

"I think we do need replacements in certain areas and that will happen this week, but the dressing room is still good enough, despite the number if injuries we have.

"The sense of disappointment in the dressing room is that we're not top. We're only second, so I see that as a good thing.

"But we can't keep giving people the chance to catch us."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (2)

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Connolly Booked
  • 12 Walsh
  • 07 Clarke Booked
  • 10 Sparrow
  • 11 Simpson (Torres - 41' )
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams
  • 14 Proctor Booked

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 06 Essam
  • 13 Hunt
  • 08 Torres
  • 21 M Jones
  • 19 O'Brien
  • 20 Elford-Alliyu

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 02 Quinn
  • 03 Husband Booked
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Spurr
  • 16 McCombe Booked
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 20 Harper
  • 21 Fowler Booked (Bennett - 75' )
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 08 Paynter Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 07 Woods
  • 29 Middleton
  • 18 Sinclair
  • 23 Bennett
  • 25 Ball
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 3,267

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

7 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

10 22

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:50

Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Rob Jones on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:07

Shot comes in from David Cotterill from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:07 Booking

Booking Mark Connolly booked.

89:49

Sergio Torres challenges Billy Paynter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

89:09

Direct free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

89:09 Booking

Booking The referee books Jamie Proctor for unsporting behaviour.

88:31

Foul by Jamie Proctor on David Cotterill, free kick awarded.

87:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor by Rob Jones. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the direct free kick.

85:53

Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

85:53 Booking

Booking James Husband booked for unsporting behaviour.

85:22

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Jamie McCombe gets a block in. James Husband challenges Mustapha Dumbuya unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:35

Billy Clarke produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

83:50

Jamie McCombe is caught offside. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

83:07

Tommy Spurr takes the free kick.

83:07 Booking

Booking Billy Clarke is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

82:53

Matthew Sparrow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger.

80:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Harper on Sergio Torres. Joe Walsh restarts play with the free kick.

79:01

Nicky Adams takes the outswinging corner, Mat Sadler takes a shot. James Harper manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the right by-line to the near post. Mark Connolly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Spurr. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.

78:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by James Coppinger. Mark Connolly takes the free kick.

74:55

Nicky Adams takes the outswinging corner, Shot from inside the area by Mat Sadler clears the bar.

74:55 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Bennett comes on in place of Lee Fowler.

73:43

David Cotterill fouled by Jamie Proctor, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

71:24

James Husband gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya. Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

67:19

Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

67:19 Booking

Booking Billy Paynter booked.

67:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Paynter on Mark Connolly.

66:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Paynter on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

64:21

Header by Jamie Proctor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

63:45

James Harper concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Torres. Direct free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

63:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Rob Jones. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

60:52

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save. Mustapha Dumbuya takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

56:40

Shot by Billy Clarke from outside the box goes over the net.

55:24

Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Jamie McCombe gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Sparrow on James Husband. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

51:16

Billy Paynter challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dannie Bulman takes the direct free kick.

50:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Connolly by James Coppinger. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

50:09

Unfair challenge on James Husband by Mustapha Dumbuya results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

49:44

The referee blows for offside against James Coppinger. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

47:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Clarke. Jamie McCombe restarts play with the free kick.

45:35

Billy Paynter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Connolly. Mark Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:47

Direct free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

45:00 +1:47 Booking

Booking Lee Fowler is shown a yellow card.

45:00 +1:38

Billy Clarke fouled by Lee Fowler, the ref awards a free kick.

45:00 +0:30

Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

45:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking Jamie McCombe receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

44:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McCombe on Nicky Adams.

42:42

Assist by David Cotterill.

42:42 Goal scored

Goal! - James Husband - Crawley 1 - 1 Doncaster James Husband finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Crawley Town 1-1 Doncaster.

37:56

Direct free kick taken by Mark Connolly.

37:56 Substitution

Substitution Sergio Torres on for Josh Simpson.

37:56

James Harper challenges Josh Simpson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:43

The referee blows for offside. Rob Jones takes the free kick.

35:47

Billy Paynter challenges Dannie Bulman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

35:08

David Cotterill produces a lobbed right-footed shot from 35 yards. Save by Paul Jones.

30:09

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, Effort from deep inside the area by Josh Simpson misses to the left of the target.

28:19

James Coppinger is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.

26:12

Effort from deep inside the area by James Coppinger hits the post.

24:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Simpson - Crawley 1 - 0 Doncaster Goal scored by Josh Simpson from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 1-0 Doncaster.

23:27

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie McCombe.

22:14

Mark Connolly concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Paynter. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Cotterill from left wing.

21:42

Billy Clarke takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

20:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Fowler on Matthew Sparrow. Dannie Bulman takes the free kick.

18:04

Foul by Jamie Proctor on Jamie McCombe, free kick awarded. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

17:15

James Harper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow. Free kick taken by Mark Connolly.

15:42

James Husband fouled by Mustapha Dumbuya, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Cotterill. Rob Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

15:01

Jamie Proctor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

12:16

Unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by David Cotterill results in a free kick. Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick. Joe Walsh takes a shot. Save made by Gary Woods.

11:32

David Cotterill concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

9:48

Lee Fowler challenges Dannie Bulman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

6:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Paynter. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

3:36

Nicky Adams is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.

3:15

Short corner taken by Nicky Adams from the right by-line.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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