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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Portsmouth

Ellis Harrison's stoppage-time header earned a much needed but scarcely deserved win for Portsmouth at Doncaster.

Doncaster dominated the attacking play but found themselves behind to a Gareth Evans strike.

Reece James looked to have rescued a point with an equaliser only for substitute Harrison to loop in a header to snatch the win.

Alfie May rattled the bar for Doncaster, beginning a period of attacking dominance but they struggled for clear-cut chances.

Kieran Sadlier turned a shot narrowly wide with his thigh in the best of their first-half opportunities.

Kenny Jackett switched to a three-man front line for the second half but Doncaster continued to dominate.

Portsmouth however took the lead on the hour when James misjudged a clearance allowing the visitors to break with Evans slamming a shot home.

Ben Whiteman hit the bar as Rovers continued to push and they found reward when James lashed in a volley on 82 minutes.

But Harrison sent a header over Seny Dieng in added time to give Portsmouth the win.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 24Dieng
  • 2Halliday
  • 4Anderson
  • 33Daniels
  • 3James
  • 8Whiteman
  • 6Sheaf
  • 19MaySubstituted forWrightat 90+4'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 10Taylor
  • 7Sadlier

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 5Wright
  • 12Gomes
  • 16Amos
  • 21Longbottom
  • 23Kiwomya
  • 27Greaves

Portsmouth

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 13Bolton
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Raggett
  • 3Brown
  • 19HarnessBooked at 41minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 4NaylorBooked at 27mins
  • 33Close
  • 26Evans
  • 10MarquisSubstituted forHarrisonat 45'minutes
  • 8Pitman

Substitutes

  • 2Walkes
  • 5Downing
  • 7Williams
  • 15McCrorie
  • 22Harrison
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
8,962

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home26
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Taylor.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Joe Wright replaces Alfie May.

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2. Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Bolton with a cross.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Sadlier.

Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Williams replaces Marcus Harness.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Portsmouth 1. Reece James (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Sean Raggett.

Jon Taylor (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by James Coppinger.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Evans with a cross.

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Sheaf.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brad Halliday.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gareth Evans with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Seny Timothy Dieng.

Attempt saved. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brad Halliday.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ellis Harrison.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Sean Raggett.

Hand ball by Jon Taylor (Doncaster Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Portsmouth 1. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Close following a fast break.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Sean Raggett.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Attempt blocked. Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Sadlier.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich118302151627
2Wycombe126512113823
3Fleetwood116232014620
4Coventry115511614220
5Blackpool115421613319
6Sunderland115421614219
7Peterborough1153326151118
8Bristol Rovers115331412218
9Oxford Utd124442417716
10Doncaster104421310316
11Lincoln City125161717016
12Shrewsbury114431013-316
13Rotherham10433169715
14Burton10433149515
15Gillingham113441714313
16Portsmouth93331211112
17MK Dons114071218-612
18Accrington112541419-511
19Rochdale112451220-810
20Tranmere112361521-69
21Wimbledon121381423-96
22Southend111191228-164
23Bolton9036225-23-9
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