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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Doncaster picked up a fourth successive win as they beat Plymouth to strengthen their grip on the final League One play-off berth.

First-half goals from skipper Tommy Rowe and Danny Andrew proved enough to see off a battling Plymouth side who remain only three points above the relegation zone.

Doncaster started with plenty of energy and zip in their play and were rewarded with an early opener when Rowe turned onto a flick from James Coppinger and rifled into the top corner from 15 yards.

Coppinger and Mallik Wilks both forced saves from Plymouth goalkeeper Matt Macey before the visitors grew into the game, with Ruben Lameiras firing wide.

But Doncaster got the cushion they needed on the stroke of half-time when Andrew caught out Macey by smashing in a 35-yard free-kick at the near post.

Both sides exchanged chances in the second half, with substitute Alfie May firing over when clear on goal for Doncaster, while Lameiras drew a stunning one-handed save from Marko Marosi.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 6ButlerBooked at 40mins
  • 3Andrew
  • 15Kane
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forBeestinat 76'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 7Wilks
  • 22SadlierSubstituted forMayat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Beestin
  • 18Smith
  • 19May
  • 25Blaney
  • 33Jones
  • 41Hasani
  • 44Lewis

Plymouth

  • 1Macey
  • 26Threlkeld
  • 14CanavanBooked at 66minsSubstituted forJonesat 82'minutes
  • 5Edwards
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Songo'oBooked at 4minsSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 8Fox
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 11Lameiras
  • 10Carey
  • 19Ladapo

Substitutes

  • 9Taylor
  • 20Jones
  • 21Letheren
  • 23Smith-Brown
  • 25Wootton
  • 29Fletcher
  • 35Jephcott
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
7,795

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home24
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tyler Smith (Doncaster Rovers).

Lloyd Jones (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Lloyd Jones.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lloyd Jones (Plymouth Argyle).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Foul by Alfie Beestin (Doncaster Rovers).

Lloyd Jones (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Lloyd Jones replaces Niall Canavan.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces James Coppinger.

Attempt missed. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie Beestin replaces Ali Crawford.

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Attempt missed. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Kieran Sadlier.

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

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Oscar Threlkeld.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley422313672353782
3Sunderland412117374413380
4Portsmouth412311775443180
5Charlton422310962382479
6Doncaster4219121171521969
7Peterborough411810136354964
8Coventry421710155049161
9Burton4216121460481260
10Blackpool421416124746158
11Fleetwood411511155447756
12Oxford Utd421314155056-653
13Shrewsbury421214164753-650
14Bristol Rovers421213174447-349
15Gillingham42139205468-1448
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Wycombe421211195264-1247
18Plymouth421211195167-1647
19Scunthorpe42129214973-2445
20Rochdale42129215183-3245
21Wimbledon42128223759-2244
22Southend42127234963-1443
23Walsall42119224569-2442
24Bradford42106264572-2736
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