Doncaster secured at least a play-off place and stayed top of League One after a hard-fought victory courtesy of Rob Jones' eighth goal of the season.

The Doncaster skipper fired home after latching onto Jamie McCombe's header from a David Cotterill free-kick.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had Tranmere's best chance, heading Andy Robinson's free-kick wide late in the first-half.

The visitors had most of the play after going behind, but failed to create a clear-cut chance and stayed seventh.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Doncaster manager Brian Flynn told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"This was going to be a key week and we've come out with six points, clean sheets in both games and a thoroughly good performance.

"We were in control, but we didn't create many chances.

"It was a good second half and Rob [Jones] finished well - that's two centre-halves scoring winning goals this week."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Spurr
  • 16 McCombe
  • 19 Griffin
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 12 Lundstram
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 35 Furman
  • 09 Brown
  • 23 Bennett (Paynter - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 02 Quinn
  • 03 Husband
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 22 Howieson
  • 08 Paynter
  • 17 Hume

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor Booked
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 21 Gibson
  • 27 McGinty Booked (O'Halloran - 74' )
  • 06 Palmer
  • 10 Robinson
  • 17 Power (Goodison - 89' )
  • 22 Bell-Baggie (Thompson - 74' )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 07 Thompson
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton
  • 20 O'Halloran
Ref: Coote
Att: 7,979

Match Stats

Shots

8 2

On target

4 0

Corners

8 6

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:26

Foul by James Coppinger on Zoumana Bakayogo, free kick awarded. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Robinson, clearance made by Rob Jones.

88:24

Zoumana Bakayogo takes the free kick.

88:24 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Ian Goodison coming on for Max Power.

88:24

James Coppinger challenges Liam Palmer unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:33

Corner taken short by David Cotterill.

84:01

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson played to the near post, Dean Furman makes a clearance.

82:10

Corner taken by Andy Robinson, clearance made by Chris Brown.

74:24 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Michael O'Halloran coming on for Sean McGinty.

74:24 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

72:02

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Jamie McCombe takes a shot. Ash Taylor gets a block in.

70:51

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson, Andy Griffin makes a clearance.

69:48

David Cotterill takes a short corner.

68:12 Substitution

Substitution Billy Paynter comes on in place of Kyle Bennett.

63:56

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson, clearance by John Lundstram.

62:39

David Cotterill provided the assist for the goal.

62:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Rob Jones - Doncaster 1 - 0 Tranmere Rob Jones scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Doncaster 1-0 Tranmere.

62:03

Free kick taken by David Cotterill.

62:03 Booking

Booking The referee books Ash Taylor for unsporting behaviour.

61:26

Foul by Ash Taylor on Chris Brown, free kick awarded.

57:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ash Taylor on Chris Brown. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

56:25

The referee blows for offside. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

54:35

Foul by Andy Griffin on Zoumana Bakayogo, free kick awarded. Sean McGinty takes the direct free kick.

52:03

Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

52:03 Booking

Booking Sean McGinty is given a yellow card.

51:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean McGinty on Kyle Bennett.

49:31

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

48:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Coppinger. Ash Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

47:03

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line, save by Owain Fon Williams.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:34

David Cotterill has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

42:58

Dean Furman concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Robinson. The ball is sent over by Andy Robinson, Headed effort from close range by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro goes wide left of the target.

41:55

Zoumana Bakayogo fouled by Kyle Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean McGinty.

39:26

Chris Brown is adjudged to have handled the ball. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

36:03

Ash Taylor challenges Tommy Spurr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Cotterill.

34:45

Shot from outside the box by Dean Furman goes wide right of the target.

33:13

Abdulai Bell-Baggie fouled by David Cotterill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andy Robinson, Rob Jones makes a clearance.

32:03

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Robinson, James Coppinger manages to make a clearance.

29:49

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Furman. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

27:52

The ball is crossed by Tommy Spurr.

22:40

Andy Robinson sends in a cross, save made by Gary Woods.

20:55

David Cotterill has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

19:15

Unfair challenge on Andy Robinson by Dean Furman results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andy Robinson from left wing.

16:25

Kyle Bennett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Cotterill, Ash Taylor makes a clearance. Corner taken by David Cotterill from the right by-line, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.

14:50

Centre by Tommy Spurr, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

12:15

Corner taken by David Cotterill, Rob Jones has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

10:01

Chris Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ash Taylor. Ash Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

9:20

The ball is swung over by Zoumana Bakayogo, save by Gary Woods.

8:08

Danny Holmes challenges Chris Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Cotterill delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Ash Taylor.

7:40

The offside flag is raised against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.

5:59

Jamie McCombe fouled by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.

5:34

Rob Jones takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

4:50

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill played to the near post, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro manages to make a clearance.

2:58

Foul by Chris Brown on Ash Taylor, free kick awarded. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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