Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.
Tommy Rowe returned from a 10-week absence to net a late winner in a 2-1 victory for Doncaster which piled more misery on managerless AFC Wimbledon.
A hamstring injury sidelined the skipper in early September but he marked his comeback with the deciding goal four minutes from time as Rovers ended a six-game winless streak in all competitions.
It had appeared as though Wimbledon would end their seven-match losing run in League One after Matthew Pinnock opened the scoring via a fine sweeping counter-attack which he concluded with a drilled effort under Ian Lawlor.
But Doncaster responded well and were level by 35 minutes.
From a short free-kick routine, Ali Crawford played a one-two with Ben Whiteman before curling a wonderful effort into the top corner from 20 yards.
Doncaster looked much the more threatening for the remainder of the game, though it took a fine save from Lawlor to keep out a Scott Wagstaff piledriver.
The second half was one-way traffic but it took until the 86th minute for Doncaster to go ahead when Rowe surged through several challenges and lashed a low shot home.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 11CrawfordSubstituted forRoweat 74'minutes
- 26CoppingerSubstituted forBlairat 70'minutes
- 7WilksSubstituted forMayat 13'minutes
- 40WordsworthBooked at 75minsSubstituted forJervisat 80'minutes
- 14TrotterBooked at 36mins
- 11PinnockSubstituted forBarchamat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 9AppiahSubstituted forPigottat 72'minutes
- Antony Coggins
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.
Attempt missed. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Wagstaff (AFC Wimbledon).
Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon).
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Rod McDonald.
Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, AFC Wimbledon 1. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.
Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon).
Ben Purrington (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Danny Andrew.
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jake Jervis replaces Anthony Wordsworth.
Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).
Attempt missed. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.