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Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Portsmouth

Doncaster opened Andy Butler's tenure as manager with a 2-1 win over League One promotion rivals Portsmouth.

Goals from Reece James and Fejiri Okenabirhie ensured the 37-year-old got off to the perfect start after replacing Darren Moore on Monday, with Rovers ending a run of five games without a victory.

John Marquis volleyed a goal back for Portsmouth deep in stoppage time but Rovers held on.

Energetic Doncaster made a strong start to the game and took the lead just 12 minutes in. John Bostock played a wonderful through ball which James collected before clipping a low finish beyond Craig MacGillivray.

Portsmouth emerged strongly for the second half but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. Harvey White went closest for the visitors with a powerful 20-yard drive.

Rovers doubled their advantage with 20 minutes left when Okenabirhie lashed a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Marquis netted four minutes into added time and it took a brilliant block from James as Portsmouth came close to an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Jones
  • 2Halliday
  • 5Wright
  • 4Anderson
  • 3James
  • 14SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 15BostockSubstituted forRobertsonat 64'minutes
  • 11TaylorBooked at 10minsSubstituted forOkenabirhieat 28'minutes
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forRichardsat 76'minutes
  • 20SimsSubstituted forLokiloat 63'minutes
  • 7Bogle

Substitutes

  • 1Balcombe
  • 8Robertson
  • 9Okenabirhie
  • 10Lokilo
  • 17Richards
  • 24John
  • 27Greaves

Portsmouth

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 6Whatmough
  • 20Raggett
  • 15NicolaisenBooked at 59mins
  • 37MnogaSubstituted forMarquisat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 4Naylor
  • 23White
  • 21DanielsSubstituted forBrownat 70'minutes
  • 19HarnessBooked at 15mins
  • 10HarrisonSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 76'minutes
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forCannonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Brown
  • 7Williams
  • 9Marquis
  • 14Cannon
  • 16Byers
  • 22Ward
  • 26Hiwula-Mayifuila
Referee:
Ross Joyce

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harvey White (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fejiri Okenabirhie (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Portsmouth 1. John Marquis (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  7. Booking

    Matthew Smith (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Smith (Doncaster Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Naylor.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Taylor Richards (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Portsmouth).

  14. Post update

    Matthew Smith (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jason Lokilo (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Harvey White (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Smith (Doncaster Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jason Lokilo with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough31195751262562
2Hull331851054282659
3Lincoln City31176848311757
4Sunderland311412547262154
5Portsmouth31157948301852
6Doncaster29164949371252
7Ipswich30155103529650
8Accrington3013894133847
9Charlton32138114644247
10Oxford Utd30137104436846
11Crewe32129114240245
12Plymouth32129114351-845
13Blackpool28135103427744
14Gillingham32135144244-244
15MK Dons32119124744342
16Fleetwood321010123630640
17Shrewsbury2991193334-138
18Burton3087153755-1831
19Swindon3294193858-2031
20Bristol Rovers3186173050-2030
21Wimbledon3078153154-2329
22Northampton3278172649-2329
23Rochdale32610164159-1828
24Wigan3276193260-2827
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