Doncaster moved further away from the relegation zone with a South Yorkshire derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Chris Brown scored the only goal of the game with a tap-in after 32 minutes to take Rovers eight points clear of the bottom three.

Wednesday's Leon Best, who had missed a chance before Brown's goal, saw his header saved well by Sam Johnstone in the second half.

A familiar scoreline

Doncaster have won the last three meetings at home by a 1-0 scoreline, since Sheffield Wednesday's 4-0 win there in League One in December 2004.

David Cotterill almost sealed the win for Rovers late on.

Doncaster are now unbeaten in four games and have won their last five meetings with the Owls, a run going back to November 2008.

The Owls came into the game on the back of a 4-1 win over Birmingham and 3-0 success over QPR and they started brightly against their rivals, with Best missing a sitter from close range.

James Coppinger had a chance for Doncaster but shot straight at Chris Kirkland before the hosts took the lead. Billy Sharp's shot was saved by Kirkland and Brown tapped in the rebound.

In the second half, Johnstone pulled off a save from Chris Maguire, before Kirkland denied Cotterill at the other end.

Johnstone kept out Best's flicked header and Sam Hutchinson then headed over from a corner as the Owls looked for a leveller.

But it never came and Cotterill's late free-kick had to be tipped past by Kirkland to prevent a 2-0 scoreline.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"I thought our togetherness and character ran right through the team.

"It wasn't the best we've played, by any means, but sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and dig out a result. The boys were fantastic.

"Sometimes it's even sweeter when you get the points through sheer hard work and determination."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"It was the sort of game where the first goal would probably end up defining the game.

"We thought Chris Brown was offside for their goal. Maybe they got a lucky break there but far too many of our boys had an off day.

"Our final ball was really poor. The quality on the ball let us down.

"We said 'go again' after beating Queens Park Rangers but it was probably a game too far for us."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Doncaster Rovers

  • 33 Johnstone
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 03 Husband
  • 18 Keegan
  • 20 Méité
  • 02 Quinn
  • 07 Duffy
  • 19 Wellens
  • 10 Sharp
  • 09 Brown
  • 11 Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 04 Furman
  • 12 McCullough
  • 21 De Val
  • 22 Robinson
  • 31 Stevens
  • 35 Ferguson

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 17 Helan
  • 22 Palmer (Johnson - 75' )
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens
  • 25 Lavery (Hutchinson - 50' Booked )
  • 20 Lee
  • 42 Best
  • 34 Nuhiu (Afobe - 63' )
  • 18 Maguire

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 14 Coke
  • 19 Mattock
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Afobe
  • 32 Llera
  • 41 Hutchinson
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 12,609

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

5 2

Corners

3 6

Fouls

7 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +2:57

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

90:00 +0:45

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

90:00 +0:45

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

89:35

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

89:33

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

88:14 Booking

Booking Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:09

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

88:09

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

87:53

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

86:57

Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

86:57

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

86:04

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

86:04

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

82:01

Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:01

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

80:57

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

80:57

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

80:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:07

Delay in match Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

76:39

Attempt missed. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

76:17

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by James Husband.

75:21

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

74:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Liam Palmer.

73:37

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Leon Best.

73:14

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

72:27

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by James Husband.

71:39

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

71:39

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

70:29

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

70:29

Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:55

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:55

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

66:10

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

64:24

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross.

63:49

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

63:49

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

62:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

57:48

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

56:41

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

54:07

Hand ball by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

52:41

Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:41

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

50:37

Hand ball by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

49:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Hutchinson replaces Caolan Lavery.

47:00

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:00

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +1:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +1:05

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00 +0:16

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

42:20

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

40:43

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

40:43

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:56

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Leon Best tries a through ball, but Caolan Lavery is caught offside.

35:04

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. James Husband tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

31:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

31:40

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

29:30

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

28:48

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

28:03

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

26:29

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill.

25:52

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

25:52

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

24:56

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

24:56

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

22:22

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

20:50

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

19:15

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

19:15

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

18:34

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremy Helan with a cross.

15:55

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:53

Attempt saved. Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:55

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

12:55

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:38

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

11:38

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:37

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

9:36

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

6:11

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

5:16

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

4:21

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

4:21

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

3:51

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:51

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

2:34

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

2:34

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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