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DoncasterDoncaster Rovers2RotherhamRotherham United1

Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Rotherham United

Ben Whiteman scores
Ben Whiteman's penalty was his first goal since 26 January

Ben Whiteman's late penalty secured a thrilling victory for Doncaster in the South Yorkshire derby as they came from behind to beat Rotherham 2-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

On-loan Jake Hastie had sent the Millers into the break a goal up but veteran James Coppinger equalised before skipper Whiteman struck from 12 yards two minutes from time as Darren Moore's men turned the match on its head.

After a cagey opening littered with niggly fouls, Millers defender Michael Ihiekwe narrowly headed Ben Wiles' corner wide, but they were ahead after 37 minutes.

Kazaiah Sterling gave away a silly foul on Wiles 25 yards from goal and on-loan Hastie whipped in a left-footed free-kick that sailed over everyone and beat the unsighted Ian Lawlor in the Rovers goal.

Just after the break former Miller Jon Taylor headed Alfie May's cross over before Ben Sheaf's volley from just outside the box was brilliantly saved by Lewis Price.

This spell of pressure led to the 66th-minute equaliser, with sub Niall Ennis' great work by the byline resulting in a cross that was met first time by Coppinger, who put enough on his shot to beat Price.

Taylor then tested Price from distance, with the Rotherham keeper also saving low from Reece James.

Ennis brought another save out of Price before the on-loan sub won the penalty that secured the three points after he was hauled to the ground by Ihiekwe.

Whiteman confidently sent Price the wrong way from the spot as Doncaster claimed the bragging rights.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lawlor
  • 2Halliday
  • 4AndersonBooked at 45mins
  • 32John
  • 3James
  • 8Whiteman
  • 6Sheaf
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forBlairat 81'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19MaySubstituted forSadlierat 61'minutes
  • 14SterlingSubstituted forEnnisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sadlier
  • 16Amos
  • 17Blair
  • 20Blaney
  • 21Longbottom
  • 24Dieng
  • 31Ennis

Rotherham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Price
  • 22OlosundeBooked at 57mins
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6WoodBooked at 43mins
  • 15Robertson
  • 16Lindsay
  • 4MacDonaldSubstituted forCrooksat 69'minutes
  • 8Wiles
  • 23HastieSubstituted forMattockat 76'minutes
  • 10Ladapo
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 5Thompson
  • 11Barlaser
  • 17Crooks
  • 24Smith
  • 26Lamy
  • 30Bilboe
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
11,407

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Wood.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Ben Wiles (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Rotherham United 1. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty Doncaster Rovers. Niall Ennis draws a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Niall Ennis following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Price.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Sadlier.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Matty Blair replaces Jon Taylor.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael Smith replaces Carlton Morris.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe7430137615
2Coventry7430138515
3Ipswich64201441014
4Fleetwood7412129313
5Lincoln City7403137612
6Blackpool7331128412
7Doncaster532096311
8Sunderland632198111
9Peterborough6312126610
10Burton631285310
11Rochdale62318539
12MK Dons6303811-39
13Bristol Rovers7223810-28
14Shrewsbury622246-28
15Rotherham521256-17
16Gillingham613211836
17Tranmere6123101005
18Portsmouth51227705
19Accrington6123812-45
20Oxford Utd71241015-55
21Wimbledon7025612-62
22Southend6006417-130
23Bolton5014017-17-11
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