Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

David Lopez of Brighton

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.

Paul Dickov

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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."

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1410311733
2Leicester1410221132
3QPR14941931
4Blackpool14761627
5Reading14653523
6Nottm Forest14653523
7Watford14644722
8Leeds14626220
9Blackburn14545419
10Wigan13544419
11Derby14545319
12Brighton14464118
13Ipswich14455217
14Huddersfield14455217
15Bournemouth14527-917
16Middlesbrough14365115
17Charlton13355-414
18Millwall14356-1114
19Bolton14275-713
20Doncaster13337-1112
21Sheff Wed13184-311
22Birmingham14329-711
23Barnsley14248-1510
24Yeovil14239-129
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