Relegation-battling Doncaster secured their first win in six league games as they beat Huddersfield.

The home side took the lead when a David Cotterill corner was headed down by Gabriel Tamas and Billy Sharp flicked the ball home from close range.

Huddersfield almost equalised but Paul Keegan cleared a header from Anthony Gerrard off the line.

Rovers regained control and extended their lead when Mark Duffy crossed for Cotterill to slot in.

The victory helped Doncaster bounce back from a 5-0 thrashing at Bournemouth in their previous game.

Away day blues

  • Huddersfield have won one of their last eight away games in the Championship. Their only win on the road since early December was 2-1 at Birmingham on 15 February.

Huddersfield had enjoyed a 5-0 win against Barnsley in their last outing but fell to a seventh defeat in the past 10 games.

The Terriers began strongly but, despite their pressure, it was Doncaster who had the first shot on target when Sharp had a 20-yard effort saved.

Rovers had an appeal for a penalty rejected when Gerrard appeared to push Chris Brown, but they took the lead when Sharp scored on his return to the side after a three-match ban.

Huddersfield hit back towards the interval with Nahki Wells denied by a great tackle from Abdoulaye Meite, before Adam Hammill had a shot saved by the legs of home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Keegan cleared a header from Gerrard off the line before the home team asserted themselves again to take control.

Rovers wrapped up the points when Chris Brown fed Duffy in clever style and the winger crossed for Cotterill to score.

Huddersfield struggled to respond, although substitute Martin Paterson had an angled effort saved as they battled to the finish.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"We owed the fans after the 5-0 defeat against Bournemouth where we let ourselves and them down.

"I said to the players before this game not to leave anything out there and when you have a team willing to run and put their bodies on the line then you are difficult to beat.

"We need to keep our standards high because we know we are capable of beating most teams when we play like that."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"I thought Doncaster were physically stronger and more up for the game and it's embarrassing for me to say that.

"We did have a spell at the start of the game but it didn't last and we didn't look like scoring. We didn't have any teeth - they seemed to want it more.

"We had well over 2,000 supporters here today and we have to do better. Fortunately we've got a game midweek [against Charlton] where we can put it right. The players are capable but we have to do better if we are going to move forwards."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 33 Johnstone
  • 02 Quinn
  • 03 Husband
  • 18 Keegan
  • 17 Tamas
  • 20 Méité
  • 07 Duffy
  • 19 Wellens
  • 10 Sharp (Robinson - 81' )
  • 09 Brown
  • 11 Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 04 Furman
  • 12 McCullough
  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 21 De Val
  • 22 Robinson
  • 34 Bowery

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 02 Woods
  • 03 Dixon
  • 08 Clayton
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 15 Wallace
  • 12 Hammill (Lolley - 73' )
  • 16 Southern
  • 21 Wells
  • 04 Norwood (Scannell - 63' )
  • 11 Ward (Paterson - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Clarke
  • 07 Scannell
  • 10 Gobern
  • 13 Bennett
  • 17 Paterson
  • 18 Lolley
  • 27 Smith
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 9,305

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

4 2

Corners

7 7

Fouls

8 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

90:00 +0:48

Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

90:00 +0:17

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

89:14

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern tries a through ball, but Paul Dixon is caught offside.

88:20

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

88:20

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:43

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

86:29

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

86:29

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:22

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

85:22

Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:45

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

81:31

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

81:31

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Billy Sharp.

80:12

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Husband.

79:17

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

78:29

Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).

78:29

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:19

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:19

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

72:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Adam Hammill.

71:14

Attempt saved. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

66:49

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Husband.

65:57

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

65:57

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

65:17

Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

65:17

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

62:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.

62:09

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

62:09

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

61:43

Attempt missed. Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

61:17

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

55:52

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:52

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

54:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

53:13

Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

51:47

Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).

51:47

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:49

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:49

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

48:50

Attempt missed. Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

48:33

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

48:13

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

47:22

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

46:24

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

46:21

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

45:20

Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).

45:20

Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Martin Paterson replaces Daniel Ward.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +0:42

Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:46

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

44:43

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

43:04

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

38:49

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

38:49

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

38:06

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

36:10

Attempt missed. James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

34:20

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

34:20

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:15

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

33:17

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Adam Hammill.

31:58

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

27:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas following a corner.

27:46

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

27:15

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Calum Woods.

24:54

Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

24:54

Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:23

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Paul Dixon is caught offside.

21:25

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas.

20:32

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

20:32

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:52

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

19:52

Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:16

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:16

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

18:10

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

17:36

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

17:36

Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:39

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:39

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

12:21

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Calum Woods.

9:47

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

9:01

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by James Husband.

7:29

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:05

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

7:05

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:12

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

5:12

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:02

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Keegan.

1:17

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

0:41

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gabriel Tamas.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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