Brett Pitman's first-half goal earned Bournemouth a deserved first away win of the season at Doncaster Rovers.

The Cherries striker nodded in the game's only goal after meeting Charlie Daniels' free-kick.

In a feisty affair at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster manager Paul Dickov appeared to move his head towards Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as they exchanged words on the touchline.

James Coppinger fired wide late on for Doncaster when he snatched at a chance.

Bogey visitors

It is eight years since Doncaster Rovers last beat Bournemouth on home soil, winning 4-2 in November 2005, when all but one of the six goals were scored in the last half an hour

After conceding 11 goals in their last two away trips to Watford and Huddersfield, Bournemouth were keen to improve their away form, which was undoing their good work at home where they boast a 100% record.

And with Pitman crashing a diving header off the bar after Ryan Fraser had a shot saved by Doncaster goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, theirs was the brighter beginning.

Pitman then opened the scoring in the 31st minute when he turned Daniels' free-kick home for his first goal of the season after James Husband fouled Fraser.

Husband appeared to get a touch on the ball amid a scramble in the area but the Bournemouth striker claimed the goal.

Doncaster's David Cotterill and Bournemouth's Pitman were then booked for rash challenges in a lively period that saw Dickov and Howe in animated discussion on the touchline.

After the break the game calmed down on and off the pitch before Richie Wellens sent an 18-yard shot high for Doncaster with just over half an hour left.

Turnbull then saved from Lewis Grabban to keep Doncaster in the game but Dickov's side could not find an equaliser.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"The difficulty is, when you're beaten heavily like we were, and then say you're pleased with elements of the performance, people think you're lying.

"Today there were elements of those performances in there, but we defended better than we have done.

"After the last two games questions were going to be asked and we responded very well. We needed to, for the fans and the players."

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov:

The one thing I will do is take getting beat if the team of players try to do what we want them to do.

"Whether this was a case of too many of them having an off day or too many getting complacent, that's a question I have to answer.

"If anyone has seen us play, even when we have lost we have created stuff and passed the ball. Today we were devoid of intensity."

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Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:37 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:03

Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.

90:00 +2:52

Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Harry Arter results in a free kick.

90:00 +2:21 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Elphick replaces Marc Pugh.

90:00 +1:08

Mohamed Coulibaly delivers the ball.

89:25

Ross Turnbull takes the free kick.

89:18

Wes Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rob Jones.

88:19 Substitution

Substitution Wes Thomas is brought on as a substitute for Lewis Grabban.

87:04

Clearance by Bongani Khumalo.

87:01

Mohamed Coulibaly produces a cross.

85:50

Clearance by Steve Cook.

85:47

Corner taken by Mark Duffy from the right by-line.

84:31

Harry Arter takes the free kick.

84:25

Shaun MacDonald fouled by Paul Keegan, the ref awards a free kick.

83:08

Paul Keegan manages to make a clearance.

83:05

The ball is sent over by Brett Pitman.

81:37

Header at goal by Lewis Grabban goes over the bar.

81:33

Mohamed Coulibaly sends in a cross.

81:06

Marc Pugh delivers the ball.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Harry Forrester is brought on as a substitute for Reece Wabara.

76:12

The ball is delivered by Reece Wabara.

75:39

Shot by Lewis Grabban.

74:45

Free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

74:39

Unfair challenge on Steve Cook by Rob Jones results in a free kick.

74:35

Clearance by Steve Cook.

74:24

Mark Duffy takes the free kick.

73:47

Unfair challenge on James Husband by Mohamed Coulibaly results in a free kick.

73:33

Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.

73:31

Centre by Reece Wabara.

72:20

Shot by James Coppinger missed to the left of goal.

70:36 Substitution

Substitution Mohamed Coulibaly is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Fraser.

69:51

James Coppinger takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

68:20

Corner taken by Mark Duffy.

67:55

James Husband takes the free kick.

67:45 Substitution

Substitution Theo Robinson leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Duffy.

67:14

James Husband fouled by Ryan Fraser, the ref awards a free kick.

65:49

Free kick taken by Brett Pitman.

65:06 Booking

Booking

65:06

Reece Wabara receives a yellow card.

65:00

Foul by Reece Wabara on Brett Pitman, free kick awarded.

63:09 Substitution

Substitution Billy Paynter on for David Cotterill.

62:20

Headed chance falls to Lewis Grabban. Ross Turnbull parries the effort to safety.

62:07

Clearance by Rob Jones.

62:02

Corner taken by Brett Pitman.

61:45

Clearance made by Rob Jones.

61:43

The ball is crossed by Ryan Fraser.

60:30

Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

60:26

The referee blows for offside against Lewis Grabban.

59:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Brett Pitman.

59:20

Elliott Ward takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Rob Jones gets a block in.

58:48

Charlie Daniels takes the free kick.

58:25

Foul by Richie Wellens on Harry Arter, free kick awarded.

57:37

The ball is crossed by Marc Pugh.

57:23

Free kick crossed by Simon Francis.

57:19

Foul by James Husband on Ryan Fraser, free kick awarded.

55:29

Theo Robinson takes a shot and cleared the net.

54:18

Shot by Richie Wellens.

53:18

Free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

52:50

Foul by Chris Brown on Steve Cook, free kick awarded.

52:13

Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

51:53

Chris Brown is adjudged to have handled the ball.

49:20

Clearance by Brett Pitman.

49:16

David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

49:01

Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Marc Pugh results in a free kick.

48:19

Clearance made by Bongani Khumalo.

48:17

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis.

47:14

David Cotterill has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

47:02

Free kick taken by James Husband.

46:57

Ryan Fraser challenges James Husband unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:47

Charlie Daniels makes a clearance.

46:44

The ball is sent over by Richie Wellens.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:58 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:53

Brett Pitman makes a clearance.

45:00 +3:48

Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line.

45:00 +3:33

Header at goal by Chris Brown.

45:00 +3:26

Corner taken by David Cotterill.

45:00 +3:12

David Cotterill has an effort at goal. Fine finger tip save by Ryan Allsop.

45:00 +2:42

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

45:00 +2:33

Clearance by Ryan Fraser.

45:00 +2:25

Corner taken by David Cotterill.

45:00 +1:49

Corner taken by David Cotterill.

44:49

Free kick taken by James Husband.

44:27 Booking

Booking

44:27

Booking for Brett Pitman for unsporting behaviour.

44:23

Brett Pitman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Husband.

44:17

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

44:15

The ball is delivered by Charlie Daniels.

43:47

Harry Arter takes a shot. Blocked by Bongani Khumalo.

43:24

Ryan Allsop takes the free kick.

43:07

Ryan Allsop goes into the referee's book for time wasting.

43:07 Booking

Booking

42:52

Unfair challenge on Simon Francis by Chris Brown results in a free kick.

41:58

Paul Keegan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Harry Arter.

41:14

Foul by Brett Pitman on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded.

39:46

Ryan Allsop crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38:24

David Cotterill receives a yellow card.

38:24 Booking

Booking

38:06

David Cotterill concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Arter.

37:37

Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

37:08

Free kick crossed by Charlie Daniels.

36:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Francis by David Cotterill.

35:35

Brett Pitman takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

35:29

A cross is delivered by Shaun MacDonald.

32:24

Shot by Paul Keegan went over the crossbar.

30:04

Assist on the goal came from Charlie Daniels.

30:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Doncaster 0 - 1 Bournemouth Brett Pitman slots the ball right footed into the goal. Doncaster 0-1 Bournemouth.

29:49

Charlie Daniels crosses the ball in from the free kick.

29:10

James Husband is cautioned.

29:10 Booking

Booking

29:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Husband on Ryan Fraser.

28:32

David Cotterill takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ryan Allsop catches the ball.

27:57

Brett Pitman manages to make a clearance.

27:53

James Husband crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:37

The referee gives a free kick against Steve Cook for handball.

25:52

Paul Keegan makes a clearance.

25:50

Elliott Ward delivers the ball.

25:32

Clearance by Ross Turnbull.

25:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Daniels.

24:44

Paul Keegan manages to make a clearance.

24:41

Centre by Charlie Daniels.

24:09

Free kick taken by Charlie Daniels.

24:01

The referee penalises Bongani Khumalo for handball.

22:52

The ball is crossed by Reece Wabara.

21:03

Clearance made by Paul Keegan.

21:01

Corner taken by Charlie Daniels.

20:43

Brett Pitman fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick which goes right of the net.

20:03

Richie Wellens is penalised for a handball.

19:54

Header at goal by Brett Pitman hits the woodwork.

19:43

The ball is crossed by Charlie Daniels.

18:33

James Husband restarts play with the free kick.

18:29

Ryan Fraser challenges Richie Wellens unfairly and gives away a free kick.

18:10

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

18:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Daniels.

17:17

Free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

16:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brown on Steve Cook.

15:55

Centre by James Coppinger.

14:14

Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

14:06

The referee blows for offside against Lewis Grabban.

13:38

James Husband takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

13:19

David Cotterill takes a short corner.

11:43

David Cotterill takes the free kick.

11:36

James Husband fouled by Ryan Fraser, the ref awards a free kick.

11:15

Centre by Ryan Fraser.

11:04

The ball is delivered by Marc Pugh.

9:57

Shaun MacDonald takes the free kick.

9:51

Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Arter.

9:30

Free kick taken by James Husband.

9:24

Ryan Fraser concedes a free kick for a foul on James Husband.

8:22

Harry Arter takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

6:55

Clearance by Chris Brown.

6:50

Charlie Daniels restarts play with the free kick.

6:24

Foul by Paul Keegan on Shaun MacDonald, free kick awarded.

4:43

The ball is delivered by James Husband.

3:50

Harry Arter takes a shot. Blocked by Reece Wabara.

3:38

Corner taken by Charlie Daniels from the left by-line.

3:30

Corner taken by Charlie Daniels.

3:05

Shot by Elliott Ward missed to the left of the target.

2:50

Clearance by Reece Wabara.

2:43

Free kick crossed by Charlie Daniels.

2:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Keegan on Harry Arter.

1:50

David Cotterill makes a clearance.

1:45

A cross is delivered by Charlie Daniels.

0:00

The match begins.

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