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Doncaster Rovers 4-1 Southend United

Ben Whiteman scored a 10-minute hat-trick to help Doncaster come from behind to beat Southend and record their first home win in League One this season.

Southend took the lead when Anthony Wordsworth headed home after Niall Mason cleared off the line for Doncaster.

Wordsworth was arguably lucky to still be on the pitch after appearing to kick out at Jordan Houghton off the ball earlier in the half.

Doncaster hit back in first-half stoppage time when John Marquis poked home from close range after excellent work from Tommy Rowe.

And that equaliser laid the groundwork for Whiteman's second-half heroics.

The Sheffield United loanee scored his first after 47 minutes when he fired in after a James Coppinger free-kick hit the bar.

He then extended the lead with a stunning volley from just outside the area.

By 57 minutes, Whiteman had his hat-trick when he fired home from the penalty spot after Michael Timlin fouled Alfie May.

Southend captain Anton Ferdinand was sent off after the final whistle for dissent, compounding a bad day for his side.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 8MasonBooked at 85mins
  • 15Wright
  • 6Butler
  • 18Toffolo
  • 16HoughtonSubstituted forFletcherat 90+3'minutes
  • 12Whiteman
  • 10Rowe
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forBlairat 76'minutes
  • 19May
  • 9MarquisBooked at 80minsSubstituted forGarrattat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 14Mandeville
  • 17Blair
  • 20Garratt
  • 27Ben Khemis
  • 30Fletcher
  • 33Jones

Southend

  • 1OxleyBooked at 58mins
  • 42BwomonoBooked at 81mins
  • 5FerdinandBooked at 90mins
  • 27KyprianouSubstituted forWhiteat 25'minutesBooked at 49mins
  • 8Timlin
  • 44WrightSubstituted forMcGlashanat 53'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 4WordsworthBooked at 21mins
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 10CoxSubstituted forRobinsonat 65'minutes
  • 50Ranger

Substitutes

  • 2Hendrie
  • 9Fortuné
  • 13Bishop
  • 16Yearwood
  • 17McGlashan
  • 31Robinson
  • 48White
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
7,369

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 4, Southend United 1.

Dismissal

Anton Ferdinand (Southend United) is shown the red card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 4, Southend United 1.

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jacob Fletcher replaces Jordan Houghton.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tyler Garratt replaces John Marquis.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

Foul by Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers).

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).

Booking

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Matty Blair replaces James Coppinger.

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

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers).

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jordan Houghton.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Theo Robinson replaces Simon Cox.

Delay in match Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury129301881030
2Wigan129122271528
3Bradford128222213926
4Rotherham127052213921
5Peterborough116232217520
6Charlton116231915420
7Blackburn10613158719
8Scunthorpe12543127519
9Fleetwood116142019119
10Oxford Utd125342114718
11Blackpool115331613318
12Bristol Rovers126062323018
13MK Dons125251215-317
14Southend124441722-516
15Portsmouth114251514114
16Walsall123541621-514
17Doncaster123361515012
18Rochdale122551014-411
19Oldham113171726-910
20Bury112361217-59
21Wimbledon12237514-99
22Northampton12228822-148
23Gillingham11146615-97
24Plymouth12129821-135
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