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Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Sunderland

Chris Maguire scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland made it three straight wins on the road at Doncaster.

Rovers boss Grant McCann claimed Sunderland "should be running away with League One" ahead of Tuesday's game, but it needed Maguire's fourth goal of the season early in the second half to see off his faltering side.

In the first meeting between the teams since New Year's Day 1988, a hard-fought opening 45 minutes came to life in stoppage time as Doncaster wasted two glorious chances.

Mallik Wilks found himself clean through only to be denied by Jon McLaughlin and the Sunderland goalkeeper came out on top again moments later when Matty Blair got in behind the Black Cats defence.

Chances were at a premium before Sunderland switched off in the closing moments of the half.

The visitors were without top scorer Josh Maja and rarely threatened Marko Marosi's goal, with Maguire heading their best opportunity wide.

But the Scottish forward could not miss just after the restart when Adam Matthews left him with a tap-in after Lynden Gooch had curled a shot against a post.

Doncaster rescued a point against Gillingham at the weekend, but the nearest they came to an equaliser was when John Marquis had a shot turned behind by McLaughlin.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 2MasonBooked at 59mins
  • 5WrightBooked at 90mins
  • 6ButlerBooked at 90mins
  • 3Andrew
  • 17BlairSubstituted forAndersonat 73'minutes
  • 8WhitemanBooked at 28mins
  • 15Kane
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMayat 78'minutes
  • 9MarquisBooked at 49mins
  • 7WilksBooked at 28minsSubstituted forTaylorat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Anderson
  • 16Taylor
  • 19May
  • 22Anderson
  • 24Amos

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Matthews
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16JamesBooked at 49mins
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 16minsSubstituted forO'Nienat 64'minutes
  • 8McGeouchBooked at 14mins
  • 7Maguire
  • 10HoneymanBooked at 34mins
  • 11GoochSubstituted forMcGeadyat 85'minutes
  • 17Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Love
  • 19McGeady
  • 25Ruiter
  • 37Mumba
  • 48Mbunga-Kimpioka
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
11,881

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Sunderland 1.

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland).

Booking

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers).

Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Taylor replaces Mallik Wilks.

Attempt saved. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Aiden McGeady replaces Lynden Gooch.

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Foul by Jermaine Anderson (Doncaster Rovers).

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces James Coppinger.

Hand ball by Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jermaine Anderson.

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jermaine Anderson replaces Matty Blair.

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

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces Lee Cattermole.

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland).

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

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland).

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

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high following a fast break.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth15104126131334
2Peterborough1593331201130
3Sunderland1485127131429
4Accrington157531917226
5Barnsley1474327141325
6Luton157442519625
7Doncaster157442420425
8Coventry157351716124
9Southend157262118323
10Blackpool13571159622
11Charlton146442219322
12Walsall146441517-222
13Fleetwood155552114720
14Wycombe154652021-118
15Burton145361819-118
16Scunthorpe154562230-817
17Rochdale154472131-1016
18Shrewsbury153661416-215
19Bristol Rovers153571113-214
20Gillingham143381928-912
21Oxford Utd152581424-1011
22Wimbledon1532101022-1211
23Plymouth152491426-1210
24Bradford1531111226-1410
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