Federico Macheda's third goal in two games gave Doncaster victory at winless Sheffield Wednesday, who slipped into the bottom three in the Championship.

The on-loan Manchester United striker was unmarked to head in a cross from James Coppinger in the 71st minute to give Rovers a first win in seven games.

Wednesday spurned chances after having much of the play, and Jermaine Johnson saw a header cleared off the line.

But Rovers went close again late on, Richie Wellens with a low shot saved.

Doncaster failed to register a shot on goal during the opening 45 minutes but their victory took them up to 17th in the table.

Rovers captain Rob Jones made a mess of Michail Antonio's cross from the right and the resultant loose ball fell to Atdhe Nuhiu eight yards out, only for the towering striker to divert his strike wide.

Antonio broke on the counter-attack when a Doncaster corner was cleared but his pass bounced too high for Johnson and the Jamaican's acrobatic attempt was comfortably stopped by visiting goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

Wednesday continued to have the better opportunities and Miguel Llera's back-post header from Stephen McPhail's cross was smartly turned behind by Turnbull.

At the other end Macheda created space for himself in the penalty area but his shot from an acute angle was kept out by Chris Kirkland.

However, the 22-year-old Italian soon poached the only goal of the game, substitute Coppinger allowed time and space on the left to curl a right-footed cross to the far post for Macheda to power home past the helpless Kirkland.

After Wellens saw his late effort saved and the loose ball was scrambled clear, Wednesday sent Kirkland up for a late corner and Rovers substitute Mark Duffy saw a speculative effort from the halfway line drift wide of the post.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones:

"We dominated it - sometimes a little lack of quality in good areas - but we've had some good chances.

"They've cleared a couple off the line, the keeper's made a great save from Miguel Llera and it's frustrating.

"It's hard for everybody at the moment because if you play poorly and lose you've got to accept it."

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov:

"At half-time we changed the system around and in the second half we were a lot better.

"We kept the ball better and we were a threat on the break as well.

"I'm delighted with the three points more than anything else because we've been playing well recently and not getting the points we deserved, so we're really happy to pick up three away from home."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield Wed

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 03 R Johnson
  • 08 Johnson
  • 26 Spence Booked (Maghoma - 84' )
  • 32 Llera
  • 07 Antonio
  • 14 Coke
  • 17 Helan
  • 27 McPhail
  • 11 J Johnson (Fryatt - 69' )
  • 34 Nuhiu Booked

Substitutes

  • 31 Dawson
  • 05 Zayatte
  • 06 Semedo
  • 10 Maghoma
  • 16 McCabe
  • 22 Palmer
  • 28 Fryatt

Doncaster

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 02 Quinn
  • 03 Husband
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Khumalo
  • 04 Furman (Coppinger - 46' )
  • 18 Keegan Booked
  • 19 Wellens Booked
  • 09 Brown Booked
  • 10 Macheda (Duffy - 83' )
  • 22 Robinson (Cotterill - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Maxted
  • 12 McCullough
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 07 Duffy
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 23 Bennett
  • 26 Coppinger
Ref: Moss
Att: 21,871

Match Stats

Shots

18 8

On target

5 5

Corners

11 4

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:33 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:21

James Coppinger manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:18

Jeremy Helan crosses the ball.

90:00 +2:44

Mark Duffy takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

90:00 +2:30

Clearance made by Chris Brown.

90:00 +2:26

Corner taken by Jacques Maghoma from the left by-line.

90:00 +2:10

Clearance made by Paul Quinn.

90:00 +2:06

Paul Quinn makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:02

Free kick crossed by Stephen McPhail.

90:00 +1:30

Unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by James Coppinger results in a free kick.

90:00 +1:05

Clearance by Bongani Khumalo.

90:00 +1:04

Miguel Llera makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:23

Free kick taken by Giles Coke.

90:00 +0:01

David Cotterill concedes a free kick for a foul on Reda Johnson.

89:51

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

89:19

Paul Quinn makes a clearance.

88:56

Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.

88:34

The referee shows Chris Brown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

88:34 Booking

Booking

88:28

Foul by Chris Brown on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded.

87:21

Clearance made by Miguel Llera.

85:26

Clearance by Jacques Maghoma.

84:51

Clearance by Miguel Llera.

84:48

Richie Wellens takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Richie Wellens takes a shot. Chris Kirkland parries the ball but the danger is not over. A parry by Chris Kirkland prevents the goal.

84:39

David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

84:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jacques Maghoma on Richie Wellens.

83:49

Clearance by Roger Johnson.

83:31 Substitution

Substitution Jacques Maghoma replaces Jordan Spence.

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Mark Duffy replaces Federico Macheda.

81:54

Headed chance falls to Stephen McPhail. David Cotterill gets a block in.

81:49

Corner taken by Stephen McPhail.

81:04

Jordan Spence makes a clearance.

79:34

Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

79:00

David Cotterill produces a cross.

78:31

Shot comes in from Stephen McPhail from the free kick. Ross Turnbull blocks the ball.

77:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Quinn on Jeremy Helan.

76:41

Bongani Khumalo manages to make a clearance.

76:01

Giles Coke takes a shot. Ross Turnbull makes a block.

75:34

Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.

75:21

Chris Brown is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

75:01

Clearance by James Husband.

73:56

Clearance by Roger Johnson.

73:52

Corner taken by David Cotterill.

73:18

Clearance by Roger Johnson.

72:38

Federico Macheda takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

71:45

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

71:14

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

70:14

The assist for the goal came from James Coppinger.

70:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Federico Macheda - Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Doncaster Federico Macheda scores with a header. Sheff Wed 0-1 Doncaster.

69:29

Clearance by Paul Keegan.

69:29

The ball is delivered by Jeremy Helan.

69:18

Paul Quinn makes a clearance.

68:52

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

68:21

Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

68:07 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Matt Fryatt coming on for Jermaine Johnson.

67:34

The assistant referee signals for offside against Federico Macheda.

66:55

Giles Coke makes a clearance.

66:52

Federico Macheda takes a shot. A parry by Chris Kirkland prevents the goal.

66:35

Paul Quinn manages to make a clearance.

66:34

The ball is swung over by Jeremy Helan.

66:24

Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.

66:11

David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

65:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Brown by Jordan Spence.

65:32

Clearance made by Reda Johnson.

65:28

The ball is swung over by James Coppinger.

65:22

David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.

65:16

Unfair challenge on Paul Keegan by Stephen McPhail results in a free kick.

65:08

Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

64:29

Bongani Khumalo makes a clearance.

63:52 Substitution

Substitution David Cotterill on for Theo Robinson.

63:23

Header at goal by Roger Johnson goes over the bar.

63:15

Corner taken by Jermaine Johnson from the left by-line.

62:51

Headed chance falls to Miguel Llera. Ross Turnbull parries the ball away.

62:48

The ball is delivered by Stephen McPhail.

62:30

Clearance by James Husband.

62:29

Stephen McPhail sends in a cross.

62:15

Paul Keegan makes a clearance.

62:13

Corner taken by Stephen McPhail.

61:53

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Richie Wellens.

61:46

Clearance made by Rob Jones.

61:44

Corner taken by Stephen McPhail.

61:19

Clearance made by Rob Jones.

61:18

Header by Atdhe Nuhiu goes to the left of the goal.

61:17

The ball is crossed by Roger Johnson.

61:07

Corner taken by Stephen McPhail from the right by-line.

61:04

Clearance by Rob Jones.

60:35

Shot by Jeremy Helan. Blocked by Bongani Khumalo.

60:22

Clearance by Miguel Llera.

59:59

The ball is sent over by Jordan Spence.

59:42

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

59:41

Michail Antonio crosses the ball.

59:24

The ball is crossed by James Coppinger.

59:12

Clearance made by Roger Johnson.

59:12

Rob Jones sends in a cross.

59:09

Miguel Llera makes a clearance.

58:43

The ball is sent over by Theo Robinson.

57:53

Paul Keegan takes the free kick.

57:34

Unfair challenge on Chris Brown by Jordan Spence results in a free kick.

56:54

Header by Atdhe Nuhiu goes harmlessly over the bar.

56:51

Jordan Spence crosses the ball.

56:33

Headed chance falls to Jermaine Johnson. Chris Brown gets a block in.

55:51

Clearance by Rob Jones.

55:47

The ball is swung over by Michail Antonio.

55:08

Clearance made by James Husband.

55:03

Bongani Khumalo manages to make a clearance.

55:01

The ball is sent over by Reda Johnson.

54:34

Clearance made by Bongani Khumalo.

54:32

A cross is delivered by Reda Johnson.

54:18

A cross is delivered by Jeremy Helan.

54:18

Clearance by Paul Quinn.

54:11

Jermaine Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Rob Jones.

53:15

Bongani Khumalo has a headed effort at goal. Chris Kirkland safely holds on.

53:12

Corner taken by Paul Keegan from the right by-line.

52:46

Clearance made by Jordan Spence.

52:41

The ball is swung over by Paul Quinn.

52:05

Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.

51:46

Jermaine Johnson challenges James Husband unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:09

Header by Rob Jones misses right.

51:05

Free kick crossed by Paul Keegan.

50:26 Booking

Booking

50:26

Jordan Spence goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

50:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Jordan Spence.

49:50

Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.

49:26

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

49:24

The assistant referee flags for offside against Atdhe Nuhiu.

49:13

Federico Macheda is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

49:10

Stephen McPhail takes the free kick.

48:53

Clearance by Rob Jones.

47:47

Rob Jones makes a clearance.

46:37

Clearance by Roger Johnson.

45:47

Atdhe Nuhiu has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Coppinger comes on in place of Dean Furman.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:23

Jeremy Helan has an effort at goal. Ross Turnbull makes a block.

45:00 +1:12

Free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.

45:00 +0:44 Booking

Booking

45:00 +0:44

The referee shows Paul Keegan a yellow card.

45:00 +0:34

Unfair challenge on Giles Coke by Paul Keegan results in a free kick.

45:00 +0:23

Clearance made by Rob Jones.

45:00 +0:14

Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.

43:50

Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

43:26

Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rob Jones.

43:23

The ball is delivered by Giles Coke.

43:11

Clearance by Paul Keegan.

43:09

Corner taken by Jermaine Johnson from the left by-line.

42:48

Paul Quinn manages to make a clearance.

42:45

A cross is delivered by Jordan Spence.

41:46

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Ross Turnbull catches the ball.

41:30

Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

41:25

Corner taken by Paul Keegan.

41:02

Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

40:09

Stephen McPhail takes the free kick.

40:03

Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Chris Brown results in a free kick.

39:38

A cross is delivered by Michail Antonio.

38:18

Bongani Khumalo manages to make a clearance.

38:15

Jermaine Johnson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

37:52

Paul Keegan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

37:41

Paul Keegan makes a clearance.

37:35

Corner from the left by-line taken by Stephen McPhail.

37:26

Clearance made by Bongani Khumalo.

37:12

The ball is sent over by Michail Antonio.

37:00

Clearance by Chris Brown.

36:57

Corner taken by Stephen McPhail from the right by-line.

36:15

Miguel Llera takes the free kick.

35:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Atdhe Nuhiu by Dean Furman.

34:43

Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.

34:35

Chris Brown fouled by Atdhe Nuhiu, the ref awards a free kick.

34:26

Paul Quinn manages to make a clearance.

33:42

Jermaine Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

32:48

Centre by Jeremy Helan.

32:17

Clearance by Bongani Khumalo.

31:24

Free kick crossed by Paul Keegan.

30:27

Chris Brown fouled by Stephen McPhail, the ref awards a free kick.

29:51

Shot by Atdhe Nuhiu missed to the left of goal.

29:41

Centre by Michail Antonio.

28:43

Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

28:24

Theo Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Llera.

27:56

Ross Turnbull takes the free kick.

27:46

Foul by Michail Antonio on Paul Keegan, free kick awarded.

27:12

Clearance made by Miguel Llera.

26:34

Centre by Jordan Spence.

23:57

Clearance by Bongani Khumalo.

23:51

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

23:44

Miguel Llera takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Bongani Khumalo.

23:40

Michail Antonio crosses the ball.

23:14

Clearance by Rob Jones.

23:13

The ball is swung over by Jordan Spence.

21:59

Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

21:55

Corner taken by Paul Keegan from the left by-line.

20:50

Miguel Llera makes a clearance.

20:45

Bongani Khumalo restarts play with the free kick.

20:16

Atdhe Nuhiu booked for unsporting behaviour.

20:16 Booking

Booking

20:07

Atdhe Nuhiu challenges Bongani Khumalo unfairly and gives away a free kick.

17:43

Free kick taken by Stephen McPhail.

17:36

Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Chris Brown results in a free kick.

17:30

Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.

17:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rob Jones by Miguel Llera.

17:02

Corner taken by Stephen McPhail.

16:47

Clearance made by Chris Brown.

16:33

Stephen McPhail takes the free kick.

15:55

Unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by Paul Keegan results in a free kick.

14:56

Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

14:51

The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Robinson.

14:29

Clearance by Rob Jones.

14:25

Clearance by Reda Johnson.

12:50

Jordan Spence restarts play with the free kick.

12:26

Richie Wellens booked for unsporting behaviour.

12:26 Booking

Booking

12:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McPhail by Richie Wellens.

10:45

Paul Quinn manages to make a clearance.

10:44

A cross is delivered by Jeremy Helan.

9:36

Clearance by Rob Jones.

9:29

Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

9:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Spence by Federico Macheda.

8:03

Paul Keegan crosses the ball in from the free kick.

7:14

Unfair challenge on Federico Macheda by Jordan Spence results in a free kick.

6:07

Chris Brown crosses the ball.

4:30

Clearance made by Rob Jones.

4:27

The ball is delivered by Reda Johnson.

3:53

The ball is swung over by Giles Coke.

3:42

Miguel Llera makes a clearance.

3:14

Bongani Khumalo takes the free kick.

2:52

Unfair challenge on Dean Furman by Stephen McPhail results in a free kick.

2:48

Clearance by Paul Keegan.

1:18

James Husband makes a clearance.

1:14

Reda Johnson crosses the ball.

0:57

Paul Quinn manages to make a clearance.

0:47

The ball is swung over by Reda Johnson.

0:45

Clearance made by Rob Jones.

0:41

Corner taken by Jermaine Johnson from the left by-line.

0:30

Jeremy Helan sends in a cross.

0:23

Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

0:14

Bongani Khumalo makes a clearance.

0:00

The game begins.

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