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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Huddersfield Town

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.

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."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 2Quinn
  • 3Husband
  • 18Keegan
  • 17Tamas
  • 20Méité
  • 7Duffy
  • 19Wellens
  • 10SharpSubstituted forRobinsonat 81'minutes
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 4Furman
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val
  • 22Robinson
  • 34Bowery

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 2Woods
  • 3Dixon
  • 8Clayton
  • 39Gerrard
  • 15Wallace
  • 12HammillSubstituted forLolleyat 73'minutes
  • 16Southern
  • 21Wells
  • 4NorwoodSubstituted forScannellat 63'minutes
  • 11D WardSubstituted forPatersonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5P Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Gobern
  • 13Bennett
  • 17Paterson
  • 18Lolley
  • 27Smith
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
9,305

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 0.
Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Paterson.
Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Offside, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern tries a through ball, but Paul Dixon is caught offside.
Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).
Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.
Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).
Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).
Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Billy Sharp.
Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Husband.
Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.
Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).
Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Adam Hammill.
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.
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.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).
David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Paul Dixon.
Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

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.
Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.
Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).
James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3418791761
4QPR3317971460
5Nottm Forest34141371455
6Reading341410101352
7Wigan32157101152
8Brighton3313119750
9Ipswich34121210548
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3312813044
13Middlesbrough34101311643
14Huddersfield3412715-143
15Bournemouth3311913-842
16Sheff Wed3391212-139
17Bolton3491213-439
18Birmingham349916-536
19Blackpool3481115-2035
20Doncaster348917-2333
21Millwall3471017-2931
22Yeovil337818-1829
23Barnsley3361116-2529
24Charlton306915-1727
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