League One - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Charlton Athletic: Lyle Taylor helps Addicks to first leg win

Lyle Taylor
Lyle Taylor scored his 10th goal in 11 games to put Charlton in front at Doncaster

Charlton Athletic hold the advantage in their League One play-off semi-final against Doncaster Rovers after a narrow first-leg win at Keepmoat Stadium.

Following an even first half an hour, Lyle Taylor's stooping header from close range put the Addicks in front.

Taylor turned provider two minutes later, playing Joe Aribo in for a cool finish past goalkeeper Marko Marosi.

But Matty Blair's scrambled goal late on keeps the tie alive ahead of Friday's second leg at The Valley.

The winner will go on to face Portsmouth or Sunderland at Wembley on 26 May, with the Black Cats having won the first leg of their semi-final on Saturday.

Charlton, who finished 15 points above Doncaster in the final League One standings, remain strong favourites to progress despite Blair's goal with three minutes remaining.

There will also be some concern over James Coppinger's fitness, after Doncaster's veteran playmaker and key man was withdrawn at the interval having impressed during the first half.

He was twice well denied by Dillon Phillips from long range, while Danny Andrew was also unlucky not to score with a superb 30-yard free-kick that struck the bar when the game was still goalless.

Taylor ultimately proved the difference between the sides, scrambling in his 25th goal of the season to break the deadlock and then teeing up Aribo to cap a lively all-round performance.

His strike partner Josh Parker also produced an industrious display, heading narrowly wide in the first half, while Albie Morgan's fizzing strike forced Marosi into an excellent fingertip save.

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann:

"I thought in the second half we were outstanding. We camped in their half, we passed and probed. We maybe lacked a cutting edge at times but we played our game.

"We possibly could have had a couple more goals. We got into good areas without having a cutting edge. But we're right in the tie.

"They were two sloppy goals for us to concede and the boys were disappointed at half-time and we had to pick them up.

"The first half we lacked energy and spark. We lost the ball and we didn't react quick enough to win it back. The second half we were everywhere and we were much better."

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer:

"I'm disappointed to concede so late on. A bit of fortune went their way, it looped up and it was undefendable for Ben (Purrington) on the far post.

"But we've got a one-goal lead going back to The Valley. We haven't been beaten there since the turn of the year.

"It's going to be tough for Doncaster but we realise it's another 90 minutes and anything can happen.

"We've seen more than ever, this week that has just gone by, how crazy football can be and it's not over until it's over. Again, we'll respect them and try to win the game."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 6Butler
  • 3Andrew
  • 8Whiteman
  • 15Kane
  • 7Wilks
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forRoweat 45'minutes
  • 22SadlierSubstituted forMayat 84'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 10Rowe
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Anderson
  • 18Smith
  • 19May
  • 33Jones
  • 44Lewis

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Dijksteel
  • 4Bielik
  • 5BauerBooked at 27mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 16Purrington
  • 19MorganSubstituted forPratleyat 61'minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 17Aribo
  • 9Taylor
  • 10ParkerSubstituted forPearceat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Page
  • 6Pearce
  • 8Forster-Caskey
  • 15Pratley
  • 21Williams
  • 22Maxwell
  • 32Lapslie
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
11,140

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Alfie May.

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Downing following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

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

Foul by Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic).

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Anfernee Dijksteel tries a through ball, but Joe Aribo is caught offside.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Krystian Bielik.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Charlton Athletic 2. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Kieran Sadlier.

Paul Downing (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

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

Foul by Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt missed. Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lyle Taylor.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Krystian Bielik.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

Attempt saved. Ben Purrington (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Krystian Bielik.

Foul by Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers).

Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jason Pearce replaces Josh Parker.

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

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Cullen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Darren Pratley replaces Albie Morgan.

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Herbie Kane.

Attempt saved. Josh Parker (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Benjamin Whiteman.

Attempt missed. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Sadlier with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Josh Parker.

Attempt blocked. Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton462713690424894
2Barnsley462613780394191
3Charlton4626101073403388
4Portsmouth462513883513288
5Sunderland462219580473385
6Doncaster4620131376581873
7Peterborough462012147162972
8Coventry461811175454065
9Burton461712176657963
10Blackpool461517145052-262
11Fleetwood461613175852661
12Oxford Utd461515165864-660
13Gillingham461510216172-1155
14Accrington461413195167-1655
15Bristol Rovers461315184750-354
16Rochdale46159225487-3354
17Wycombe461411215567-1253
18Shrewsbury461216185159-852
19Southend46148245568-1350
20Wimbledon461311224263-2150
21Plymouth461311225680-2450
22Walsall461211234971-2247
23Scunthorpe461210245383-3046
24Bradford46118274977-2841
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