Doncaster 2-0 Blackburn
Newly promoted Doncaster Rovers earned a deserved victory against Blackburn Rovers, their first league win since returning to the Championship.
New signing Theo Robinson headed in James Husband's right-wing free-kick to put the hosts ahead.
Blackburn increased the pressure with Chris Taylor heading their best chance across the face of the Doncaster goal.
But Husband secured the win when his mis-hit cross from the left went over goalkeeper Jake Kean and into the net.
Doncaster, who clinched promotion by winning League One on a dramatic final day of last season, lost 3-1 in their opening fixture against Blackpool and had not played in 10 days because of Wigan's involvement in the Community Shield.
And the free weekend certainly worked in Doncaster's favour as they saw off a lacklustre Blackburn side, which contained several players who had been away on international duty.
The Lancashire club are still searching for their first win of the season, having drawn 1-1 in their opener at Derby County before succumbing to a last-minute 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.
Paul Dickov's home team started confidently, moving the ball quickly when in possession and pressuring their opponents into mistakes without it, and deservedly led through Robinson's opener.
Robinson, who signed from Championship rivals Derby County on Thursday, escaped his marker to head past Blackburn goalkeeper Kean, who had earlier denied Doncaster trio Chris Brown, David Cotterill and Robinson in quick succession.
Blackburn struggled to find their rhythm in the final third and only threatened when Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes rounded home keeper Ross Turnbull before drilling wide.
But Gary Bowyer's men started the second half with renewed purpose and should have levelled within seconds of the restart when Taylor headed off target from inside the six-yard box.
They continued to pile the pressure before the hour mark, with two efforts from England Under-21 midfielder Jason Lowe being blocked by Bongani Khumalo and a vociferous penalty appeal for handball against Brown being turned down by referee Geoff Eltringham.
And they were left ruing their inability to force a leveller when Husband sealed victory for Paul Dickov's side against the run of play with his spectacular, if rather fortunate strike.
Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:
"For the majority of the game we were excellent - with and without the ball.
"It was fantastic getting three points and winning at home, but also to keep a clean sheet. Defensively we were solid.
"The longer you go without winning people start to panic so from my point of view, and the players' point of view, it was important to get three points at home in front of the fans. But I still think we can improve."
Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:
"We played particularly well with the ball in the first half and particularly for long periods in the second half.
"Their first goal was clearly offside. We scored a good goal in the first half which wasn't offside and the second goal was either outstanding or a fluke. I think it was a fluke.
"I'm disappointed by the result and the manner of the goals we conceded.
"Turning things around is about producing chances, converting them and sticking together. People can see our style of play is good; we just need to go a goal up or get a refereeing decision, then we will see more confidence."
- 01 Turnbull
- 03 Husband
- 05 Jones
- 14 Khumalo
- 32 Wabara
- 11 Cotterill (Syers - 90' )
- 18 Keegan
- 19 Wellens
- 26 Coppinger
- 09 Brown Booked
- 22 Robinson (Duffy - 76' )
- 13 Maxted
- 02 Quinn
- 12 McCullough
- 06 Syers
- 07 Duffy
- 23 Bennett
- 08 Paynter
- 34 Kean
- 02 Kane
- 03 Spurr Booked
- 05 G Hanley Booked
- 16 Dann
- 06 Lowe
- 08 Dunn (King - 66' )
- 19 Taylor Booked (Best - 66' )
- 25 Judge
- 11 Rhodes
- 45 Cairney (Evans - 60' )
- 13 Eastwood
- 24 Morris
- 31 Givet
- 21 Marrow
- 29 Evans
- 07 King
- 09 Best
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +4:05
The ball is crossed by Richie Wellens.90:00 +3:57
Corner taken by Mark Duffy.90:00 +3:41
Corner taken by Mark Duffy.90:00 +2:19 Substitution
Substitution David Cotterill leaves the field to be replaced by David Syers.90:00 +2:05
Header by Grant Hanley goes harmlessly over the bar.90:00 +2:01
Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Judge.89:38
Alan Judge takes a shot and went wide right of the net.88:47
Jason Lowe takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Richie Wellens gets a block in.86:35
Jake Kean takes the free kick.86:29
The referee blows for offside.85:24
Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.84:39
Free kick taken by Jake Kean.84:33
Mark Duffy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Spurr.81:08
Shot by Alan Judge missed to the right of the target.80:10
Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.79:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Best on James Husband.78:54
James Coppinger sends in a cross.78:04
Shot by Alan Judge cleared the net.76:31
Ross Turnbull takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Jordan Rhodes.75:53
Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.75:15 Substitution
Substitution Mark Duffy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Robinson.75:01
The official flags Jordan Rhodes offside.74:46
Free kick taken by Scott Dann.74:32
The referee blows for offside against Theo Robinson.72:39
Header by Leon Best misses to the right of the target.72:31
Centre by Tommy Spurr.70:49
Chris Brown takes a shot. Jake Kean catches the ball.68:11
Header at goal by Leon Best. Ross Turnbull safely holds on.68:03
Centre by Tommy Spurr.67:35
The ball is delivered by Tommy Spurr.65:57 Substitution
Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Leon Best coming on for Chris Taylor.65:52 Substitution
Substitution David Dunn leaves the field to be replaced by Joshua King.63:54
Free kick taken by Reece Wabara.63:50
Alan Judge concedes a free kick for a foul on Reece Wabara.62:30
Chris Taylor booked.62:30 Booking
Free kick taken by Jake Kean.62:17
The referee blows for offside.61:53 Booking
Grant Hanley is given a yellow card.61:48
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Hanley on Theo Robinson.59:45 Substitution
Substitution Corry Evans on for Tom Cairney.58:03
Assist by David Cotterill.58:03 Goal scored
Goal! - James Husband - Doncaster 2 - 0 Blackburn James Husband grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Doncaster 2-0 Blackburn.57:41
David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.57:20
Tom Cairney concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens.56:01
Header by Chris Taylor misses right.55:37
Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Judge.54:47
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Cairney.54:25
Corner taken by Tom Cairney.53:54
Free kick crossed by Tom Cairney.53:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Taylor by Richie Wellens.49:25
Scott Dann takes the chance to get an effort at goal.47:43
Shot by Chris Taylor went wide left of the goal.45:56
Reece Wabara sends in a cross.45:36
Chris Brown restarts play with the free kick.45:31
Unfair challenge on Chris Brown by Grant Hanley results in a free kick.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +1:19 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:51
Strike on goal comes in from Alan Judge from the free kick.44:48
Paul Keegan concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Judge.44:10
Alan Judge sends in a cross.41:36
Ross Turnbull takes the free kick.41:28
Jordan Rhodes is ruled offside.41:23
The ball is swung over by Jason Lowe.40:31
Todd Kane restarts play with the free kick.40:26
Jordan Rhodes fouled by Richie Wellens, the ref awards a free kick.39:59
Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.39:54
James Husband fouled by Chris Taylor, the ref awards a free kick.39:25
Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.39:17
Theo Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Hanley.36:09
The assist for the goal came from James Husband.36:09 Goal scored
Goal! - Theo Robinson - Doncaster 1 - 0 Blackburn Theo Robinson grabs a goal with a headed effort. Doncaster 1-0 Blackburn.35:47
Free kick crossed by James Husband.35:34
Foul by Tommy Spurr on Theo Robinson, free kick awarded.34:17
Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.33:56
Free kick awarded for a foul by Reece Wabara on Alan Judge.33:23
Header at goal by Scott Dann goes over the frame of the goal.33:07
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Cairney.31:26
Free kick taken by Todd Kane.30:52
Chris Brown goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.30:52 Booking
Scott Dann fouled by Chris Brown, the ref awards a free kick.29:43
James Coppinger takes a shot. Jake Kean blocks the ball.29:25
David Cotterill takes the free kick.28:42
David Dunn challenges Chris Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick.27:36
Jordan Rhodes takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.25:16
Bongani Khumalo manages to make a clearance.25:13
The ball is sent over by Chris Taylor.24:02
The ball is swung over by James Husband.23:25
The ball is sent over by Alan Judge.23:01
Clearance by Rob Jones.22:58
Corner taken by Alan Judge.20:46
Jordan Rhodes takes a shot.19:03
James Coppinger delivers the ball.18:53
Bongani Khumalo takes the free kick.18:44
Theo Robinson fouled by Tommy Spurr, the ref awards a free kick.18:31
Rob Jones makes a clearance.18:29
Tom Cairney takes the free kick.17:55
Jordan Rhodes fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick.17:14
James Coppinger takes a weak shot and went wide right of the net.15:30
Clearance by Ross Turnbull.15:27
The ball is sent over by Tommy Spurr.14:57
Theo Robinson takes a shot. A parry by Jake Kean prevents the goal.13:53
Shot comes in from Tom Cairney from the free kick.12:53
Richie Wellens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Taylor.12:08
David Cotterill takes a shot.11:11
Header by Chris Brown goes over the bar.11:07
James Husband delivers the ball.10:12
Bongani Khumalo takes the free kick.9:54
Booking for Tommy Spurr.9:54 Booking
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Reece Wabara by Tommy Spurr.8:14
Chris Brown takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.7:19
Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.7:11
Chris Brown is ruled offside.6:29
Tommy Spurr crosses the ball.6:20
Rob Jones makes a clearance.5:45
The ball is sent over by Tommy Spurr.3:55
Reece Wabara makes a clearance.3:46
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Cairney.3:11
Jason Lowe sends in a cross.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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