Doncaster cemented their position at the top of League One at the expense of resurgent Hartlepool.

Lowly Pools, who came into the game seven unbeaten, began the match strongly, but fell behind when Rovers forward Iain Hume drilled home.

James Coppinger made it 2-0 by tucking away his first of the season, before Steve Howard had a fine chance to pull one back, but headed against the post.

Billy Paynter ensured the Rovers win, heading home James Husband's cross.

After taking advantage of a Hartlepool side bereft of ideas, Doncaster remain one point clear of Sheffield United at the top of the league.

The visitors, who are now eight points away from League One safety, also had keeper Scott Flinders to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable, as he made fine saves from David Cotterill and Jamie McCombe.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster Rovers manager Brian Flynn told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We were excellent. First half they made it difficult for us to play to the pattern we'd like to play.

"We needed something bright and inventive and Iain Hume gave us that.

"We highlighted certain things at half-time that we needed to improve on and they did that. It was a really good professional 45 minutes in the second half.

"We look like a team that's enjoying its football, with a smile on its face and when you've got that, you've got a real good chance of getting good results."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 02 Quinn
  • 03 Husband
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Spurr
  • 16 McCombe
  • 06 Syers
  • 11 Cotterill (Bennett - 85' )
  • 12 Lundstram
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 17 Hume (Paynter - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 20 Harper
  • 08 Paynter
  • 18 Sinclair
  • 23 Bennett
  • 25 Ball

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 07 Franks (James - 59' )
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 10 Poole (Howard - 59' )
  • 36 Wyke Booked

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 22 Holden
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 17 Rutherford
  • 38 Walker
  • 33 James
  • 39 Howard
Ref: Bratt
Att: 7,457

Match Stats

Shots

17 3

On target

13 0

Corners

5 5

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

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

90:00 +2:34

Andy Monkhouse concedes a free kick for a foul on David Syers. Jamie McCombe restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:00

Billy Paynter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins. Free kick taken by Sam Collins.

90:00 +0:15 Booking

Booking Charlie Wyke booked for unsporting behaviour.

89:45

Charlie Wyke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband. Tommy Spurr restarts play with the free kick.

88:01

Evan Horwood fouled by Kyle Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

87:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Jamie McCombe. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

86:12

Tommy Spurr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke James. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

84:04 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Bennett replaces David Cotterill.

84:04

James Husband challenges Sam Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

83:16

James Coppinger takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

81:42

Steve Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.

81:23

Handball decision goes against David Syers. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Collins.

80:15

James Husband provided the assist for the goal.

80:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Paynter - Doncaster 3 - 0 Hartlepool Billy Paynter fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Doncaster 3-0 Hartlepool.

79:22

Billy Paynter takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

78:43

Unfair challenge on David Syers by Jack Baldwin results in a free kick. Jamie McCombe takes the free kick.

76:45

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Steve Howard misses to the right of the target.

76:10

Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood, clearance by Rob Jones.

74:54

Billy Paynter takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

73:38

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

72:57

Peter Hartley challenges James Coppinger unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Cotterill takes the free kick, Rob Jones takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

72:15

Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie McCombe. Jamie McCombe restarts play with the free kick.

69:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Evan Horwood, clearance made by Rob Jones.

69:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke James by James Husband. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

68:18

David Cotterill takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

67:29

Billy Paynter produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

66:42

Foul by Peter Hartley on James Coppinger, free kick awarded. James Coppinger takes the free kick.

66:04

Foul by Jamie McCombe on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.

65:03

Short corner taken by David Cotterill.

64:50

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the left by-line, Steve Howard manages to make a clearance.

63:51

Unfair challenge on David Syers by Jack Baldwin results in a free kick. David Cotterill takes the direct free kick, Jamie McCombe takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

63:09

Unfair challenge on Tommy Spurr by Luke James results in a free kick. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.

62:06 Substitution

Substitution Iain Hume leaves the field to be replaced by Billy Paynter.

60:35

Neil Austin fouled by Iain Hume, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution James Poole goes off and Steve Howard comes on.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Luke James is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Franks.

53:57 Goal scored

Goal! - James Coppinger - Doncaster 2 - 0 Hartlepool Goal scored by James Coppinger from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 2-0 Hartlepool.

52:16

Outswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Charlie Wyke goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

51:42

Iain Hume concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Austin. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

50:16

Shot by James Coppinger from 20 yards. Scott Flinders makes a save.

47:49

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, David Syers takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

45:42

Charlie Wyke concedes a free kick for a foul on Rob Jones. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

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

45:00 +0:06

Unfair challenge on James Poole by James Husband results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Austin.

43:02

Neil Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband. David Cotterill takes the direct free kick.

41:42

The referee blows for offside against Iain Hume. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

41:16

Effort on goal by John Lundstram from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

39:32

Unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Jamie McCombe results in a free kick. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

36:04

Corner taken by Evan Horwood, clearance by Tommy Spurr. Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, clearance by Rob Jones.

34:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Iain Hume - Doncaster 1 - 0 Hartlepool Iain Hume gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-0 Hartlepool.

32:15

Effort on goal by David Cotterill from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

27:12

Jonathan Franks takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

24:50

Charlie Wyke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.

21:05

James Coppinger is caught offside. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

20:20

Jack Baldwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Iain Hume. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Cotterill from right channel.

19:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Effort on goal by David Syers from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

18:32

The ball is crossed by David Cotterill, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by David Cotterill from the right by-line.

15:31

Jack Baldwin challenges David Syers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tommy Spurr takes the direct free kick.

13:45

Tommy Spurr delivers the ball.

11:54

Paul Quinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys. Jonathan Franks takes the free kick.

2:58

James Husband takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

0:25

Iain Hume takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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