Late goals by substitutes Leroy Lita and David Lopez earned Brighton's first win since 28 September while condemning Doncaster to a third successive defeat.

Jake Forster-Caskey's superb 35-yard effort put the Seagulls ahead before team-mate Will Buckley went close.

After Chris Brown had levelled for the hosts with a neat near-post finish, on-loan Lita bundled home from close range to restore Brighton's advantage.

Lopez capped the victory with a swerving free-kick past Ross Turnbull.

The win takes Brighton up to 12th, but Rovers lie only one point above the relegation zone with matches against the bottom two sides - Barnsley and Yeovil - next.

Rovers started brightly, however, with Mark Duffy sending a free-kick narrowly over the top after James Coppinger was fouled.

After Forster-Caskey's fierce effort had given the visitors the lead, Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was called on to make a save from another effort from distance from Duffy.

But Albion gradually gained the upper hand and Stephen Ward should have done better when afforded a free header by some lax Doncaster marking.

Rovers forced their back way into the game with on-loan Queens Park Rangers left-back Yun Suk-Young going close before Brown applied the finishing touch to Duffy's cross to equalise.

However, the visitors were not to be denied and Lita gleefully smashed home a loose ball before fellow substitute Lopez curled home with the last kick of normal time.

Post-match: Doncaster boss Dickov

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov: "After we had equalised it looked like we might go on and win the game but we conceded a really scrappy second goal after the ball had bounced about in the area following a corner.

"The other two we couldn't do much about because they were a couple of strikes out of this world.

"But we showed what we could do in the second half, that we are not a bad team and that we can compete."

Post-match: Brighton coach Jones

Brighton assistant boss Nathan Jones: "The final score probably flattered us a little bit because Doncaster put us under a lot of pressure in the second half.

"We've had horrendous luck with injuries and it's just a matter of getting through that and picking up points along the way.

"I thought we showed a lot of resilience under pressure and determination to win the game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 32 Wabara
  • 27 Yun Suk-young
  • 18 Keegan
  • 14 Khumalo Booked
  • 12 McCullough
  • 26 Coppinger (Paynter - 62' )
  • 19 Wellens
  • 09 Brown
  • 07 Duffy
  • 11 Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 02 Quinn
  • 04 Furman
  • 08 Paynter
  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 21 De Val
  • 30 Peterson

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno (Calderón - 53' Booked )
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews Booked
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 08 Crofts
  • 18 Forster-Caskey Booked (Lita - 82' )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 30 Buckley (D. López - 65' )
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 06 El-Abd
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 21 D. López
  • 27 March
  • 38 Ince
  • 44 Lita
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 7,396

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

4 6

Corners

7 5

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.

90:00 +6:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.

90:00 +5:08

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

90:00 +4:59

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

90:00 +3:44

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

90:00 +3:37

Attempt saved. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

90:00 +1:03

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

90:00 +1:03

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 3. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

89:19 Booking

Booking Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:14

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

89:14

Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:22

Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:22

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

87:02

Attempt saved. Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

84:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

84:00

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a headed pass.

83:29

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by David Cotterill.

82:47

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

81:46

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

81:46

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leroy Lita replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

80:30

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

79:09

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:09

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:36

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:36

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

74:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a set piece situation.

73:30 Booking

Booking Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:20

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

73:20

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:17

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:17

Foul by Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers).

67:39

Foul by Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion).

67:39

Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:16

Attempt saved. Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:09

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

64:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López replaces William Buckley because of an injury.

64:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:30

Delay in match William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

61:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Billy Paynter replaces James Coppinger.

58:47

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

58:47

Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:51

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.

56:16

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

54:55

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

52:50

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:50

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

52:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Bruno because of an injury.

52:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:35

Delay in match Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

49:22

Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

48:54

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

46:54

Hand ball by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

45:00 +0:58

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

45:00 +0:16 Booking

Booking Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:10

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

45:00 +0:10

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:18

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:18

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

39:24

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

32:57

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:57

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

32:07 Booking

Booking Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:00

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

32:00

Yun Suk-Young (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:12

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

27:05

Attempt missed. Yun Suk-Young (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Coppinger with a headed pass.

25:53

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

25:17

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Mark Duffy.

23:25

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

23:25

Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:31

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

20:18

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

14:51

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:51

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

14:38

Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:02

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by William Buckley.

13:46

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

13:44

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

13:34

Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Doncaster Rovers).

13:34

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:14

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Craig Conway.

10:03

Attempt missed. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

9:52

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

9:37

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Brown.

7:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

2:23

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

1:38

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

1:38

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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